You can combine these modules to create a presentation that meets the needs of any group.

Module Descriptions and Links to Download:

  • What is PIAAC?: An introduction to PIAAC (updated with PIAAC 2012/2014 information). What kind of data does it provide? (12 slides)

  • Results Overview: Basic overview of PIAAC results (11 slides + 10 slides per skill focus)

  • Key U.S. Issues: A closer look at what PIAAC tells us about important issues. (Choose whichever one you like, with a focus on any of the three skills assessed.)

    • Low-Skilled Workers. A closer look at working adults who scored below level 3 and where they work (33 slides each)

    • Future Workforce. A closer look at how 16-34 year olds performed on PIAAC (available 2019)

    • Health Status & Skills of Older Adults. A closer look at the relationship between PIAAC performance and a number of issues related to health status (PIAAC 2012/2014)

    • Impact of Parent Education. A closer look at the relationship between parent educational attainment and adult performance on PIAAC (available 2019)

  • U.S. Prison Study: Discusses the results and implications of the U.S. PIAAC Prison Study.

  • Sample PIAAC Tasks: Examples of the kinds of tasks test-takers had to address

  • Gateway & Other Resources: How to access other PIAAC resources

  • Education & Skills Online (ESO): Describes Education and Skills Online, the online assessment aligned with PIAAC

Suggested guidelines for developing your presentation:

  • Think about how much time you have to present and what facets of the PIAAC data will be of most interest to the group you are addressing.

  • Every presentation will probably start with "What is PIAAC?"

  • Then you might want to use some or all of the "Overview of Results" module. There are three versions of this module -- one that focuses on each of the three skills that PIAAC assesses (i.e., literacy, numeracy, problem-solving in technology-rich environments). You can use any one of the three, depending on what you think your audience is most concerned with.

  • If the group you are addressing is most interested in a particular issue or key population, you might add one of the presentations that focuses on "Key U.S. Issues." Again each of these is available with a focus on literacy, numeracy, or problem-solving in technology-rich environments.

  • In our AIR presentations, we usually also add one or more sample tasks, slides about other PIAAC resources, and slides about Education and Skills Online (ESO), the online version of PIAAC.

  • To make sure you have all the slides you might want, we have made each of these modules as comprehensive as possible. Free free to omit slides or combine slides from various modules -- providing as much detail as you think your audience wants.

Additional Pointers:

  • For powerpoint slides with vertical graphs, if you mouse over the top of the bars on any of the vertical graphs, you can see the specific value of the bar.

Note: These modules are all based on analyses prepared by AIR staff as part of our contract with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Like all government products, they can be used without specific requests for permission. However, please maintain the AIR logo to acknowledge the source of the analyses.

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