First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results (2013)

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). This paper offers insights into the impact for Canada of the first results of PIAAC, including directions for future policy initiatives.

The publication of the results from PIAAC offers the literacy community opportunities to reach out to other groups, the author notes. The OECD has positioned PIAAC as part of its skills strategy, which gives the literacy community the opportunity to reach out to business, labour, employability groups, sector councils, and others with an interest in skills. At the same time, PIAAC is rich with information about social capital and health outcomes, topics that health, justice, civil society, and equity groups all have an interest in.

One of the areas requiring further Canadian analysis is the role of language in PIAAC and the implications of taking a test in one official language. This could have significant implications for Aboriginal people, immigrants, and official language minorities.

The author also urges further study of the implications of the PIAAC domains on the Essential Skills Framework, especially with regard to PS-TRE and the essential skills of critical thinking and computer use.

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Brigid Hayes. First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results 2013. Web. 20 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/first_reaction/first_reaction.pdf>
Brigid Hayes (2013). First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/first_reaction/first_reaction.pdf
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