Skilled for Life? Key Findings from the Survey of Adult Skills (2013)

This document is housed on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) server.

It provides the key findings and a discussion of the broad themes of the Survey of Adult Skills is a product of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an OECD initiative that provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE).

The authors note that the survey is being released a decade after the publication of results from the first round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which assessed the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds. While the two studies used different assessment tasks, they have complementary goals. PISA sought to identify ways in which students can learn better, teachers can teach better, and schools can operate more effectively. The Survey of Adult Skills focuses on how adults develop their skills, how they use those skills, and what benefits they gain from using them.

The results of the survey show that some countries have made significant progress in improving skill proficiency; more education does not automatically translate into better skills; success is increasingly about building skills beyond formal education; and skills will only translate into better economic and social outcomes if they are used effectively.

For each of the broad themes identified, the authors offer key points to be considered in formulating policy. For example, to build skills beyond formal education requires the development of links between the world of learning and the world of work.

The authors also provide detailed information about the methodology used for the survey.

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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Skilled for Life? Key Findings from the Survey of Adult Skills 2013. Web. 24 Oct. 2020 <http://skills.oecd.org/skillsoutlook.html>
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2013). Skilled for Life? Key Findings from the Survey of Adult Skills. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from http://skills.oecd.org/skillsoutlook.html
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