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Commission on Adult and Basic Education (COABE)


Attending COABE 2017 in Orlando? Look for PIAAC-related sessions. Check out our flyer or see list below:

Session: Latest Results of the Study on the Literacy and Numeracy Skills of U.S. Incarcerated Adults: A PIAAC Study
This session will provide an overview of the PIAAC Prison Study conducted in 2013-14. The Prison Study was an administration of PIAAC on a nationally representative sample of 1,300 U.S. incarcerated adults ages 16-74 in federal and state prisons. 

Presenters: Katie Landeros, Derek Holliday (AIR)
Monday, April 3rd 9:30am-10:45am, Room: Coronado T

Session: Adults with Low Skills and Learning Disabilities Facing Tomorrow's Dreams: Findings from PIAAC 2012/2014 and PowerPath
This session looks at the characteristics, backgrounds, and experiences of working-age adults with learning disabilities (LD). This information will be useful to adult educators and others working with adults with LD. Findings also include their PIAAC assessed skill levels, PowerPath screened attention challenges, and VSS screening results. The session focuses on insights from the data and solutions to challenges adults with LD face.

Presenter: Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning)
Monday, April 3rd 3:15pm-4:30pm, Room: Coronado S

Session: Adult Learners on the Job: What a New Analysis of PIAAC Data Tells Us about Service-Sector Workers with Limited Basic Skills
Presenters will share a fresh analysis of PIAAC data on the characteristics of adults in service-sector jobs who have limited reading, math, or digital problem solving skills. You'll get detailed information about how many of these workers are pursuing adult education, and what kind of literacy- and numeracy-related tasks they are called upon to do at work. Finally, you'll be able to participate in a group discussion about how these research findings can inform your own work in adult education.

Presenters: Amanda Bergson-Shilcock (National Skills Coalition), Bitnara Jasmine Park, Katie Landeros, Emily Pawlowski (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 9:45am-11:00am, Room: Coronado S

Session: Who is not Digitally Literate in the United States?
Data from PIAAC is used to examine the socio-demographic profile of U.S. adults who are not digitally literate. These adults are on average less educated, older, slightly more male than female, non-White, foreign-born¸ and work in lower-skilled jobs compared to the digitally literate. These results may be useful in policies targeting adults with low levels of digital literacy skills.

Presenter: Emily Pawlowski, Derek Holliday (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 11:15am-12:30pm, Room: Coronado T

Session: Missing out on Tomorrow's Dreams: Findings from PIAAC 2012/2014 on Adult Non-Participation
This session will share characteristics, assessed skill levels, and other findings on adult non-participants in education. Session participants will have the opportunity to discuss important implications for recruiting and serving non-participants.

Presenter: Margaret Patterson (Research Allies for Lifelong Learning)
Tuesday, April 4th 2:00pm-3:15pm, Room: Coronado S

Session: Examining Gender Differences in the Mathematical Literacy of 15-Year-Olds and the Numeracy Skills of the Age Cohort as Adults
This presentation examines and compares the mathematics performance of fifteen-year-olds in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the numeracy performance of the relevant age cohort of adults in PIAAC. Factors that may contribute to changes in gender differences over time, such as field of study and skill use at work, will be examined. 

Presenter: Emily Pawlowski (AIR)
Tuesday, April 4th 2:00pm-3:15pm, Room: Coronado T