U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults Results

The U.S. PIAAC Survey of Incarcerated Adults was designed to provide policymakers, administrators, educators, and researchers with information to improve educational and training opportunities for incarcerated adults and foster skills they need in order to return to, and work successfully in, society upon release from prison. This report highlights data from the survey’s extensive background questionnaire and direct assessments of cognitive skills. It examines the skills of incarcerated adults in relationship to their work experiences and to their education and training in prison. The report includes results for groups of incarcerated adults by various characteristics, including employment prior to incarceration, experiences with prison jobs, skills certifications, educational attainment in prison, and participation in academic programs and training classes.

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Other Related PIAAC Materials

  • U.S. PIAAC Prison Study: Public-Use Files and Restricted-Use Files
  • Updated U.S. PIAAC Interactive Data Portal (Choose Prison 18-74 in the Sample Selection)
  • Updated FAQ
  • Release Event Videos
  • Updated International Data Explorer (Choose Adults 16-74 (household and prison) in Display Selection)
  • NCES Statement on PIAAC 2014 Prison Study and Slides
  • U.S. PIAAC 2012/2014: Main Study and National Supplement Technical Report
  • Letter from the Education Secretary
  • NCAL Newsletter