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PIAAC Training Event for Education Researchers Attending the AERA Conference

Researchers are invited to attend a free 1-day PIAAC Research Training event. This seminar is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and organized by Portland State University, the American Institute for Research (AIR), and Educational Testing Service (ETS).Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for more information.


PIAAC data provide education researchers with unprecedented opportunities to examine critical questions that may have a significant impact on education policy and practices. The goal of the events is to build the capacity of the U.S. research community to use the PIAAC data set for basic, policy, and applied research. This unique event will provide valuable opportunities to explore the PIAAC data set, learn data analysis techniques, ask questions, make connections, and learn from experts in the education field.

Designed for individual researchers, this 1-day training will focus on the use of PIAAC data to examine critical questions in educational research.  The training offers foundational knowledge that will help you launch your own PIAAC research. Follow-up online activities will provide ongoing support throughout the research process.  Following several PIAAC training events, a culminating conference will be held where researchers will share their work and make connections with a network of other PIAAC researchers.  This event will be held in June 2018 in Portland, OR.


The project team has an overarching priority to support researchers from diverse races/ethnicities and backgrounds. Training events are open to researchers at all stages of their career; applications from doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows are strongly encouraged.

Applicants should be familiar with commonly used statistical methods and either SPSS, Stata or SAS statistical software. Participants must bring their own laptop equipped with statistical software to the training event. Completion of advanced preparatory activities will be required to make these face-to-face events most effective.

Application Procedures

Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for application procedures. Applications for the April 7th training event are due on March 1, 2016 with acceptances sent out on March 5, 2016. For questions or more information contact Dr. Jill Castek at or 503-725-8720.

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