Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012 (2013)

The Daily, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This document offers a brief analysis of data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

PIAAC is a joint education and labour initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and provides internationally comparable measures of the three skills essential to processing information: literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE).

The authors note that PS-TRE is an innovative component of PIAAC and is unique in that it incorporates digital technology in the solution of problems. Among the 22 countries taking part in PIAAC, 19 countries participated in PS-TRE. Of those, Canada had the second-largest proportion of adults aged 16 to 65 who perform at the highest level in PS-TRE.

The PIAAC results also show that among participating countries, Canada has a higher proportion of its population at the highest and the lowest levels in literacy. Fourteen percent of Canadians scored at Level 4 or 5. At the other end of the scale, on average, 17 percent of Canadians scored at Level 1 or below, compared with 15 percent across OECD countries.

Among participating countries, Canada has a similar proportion of its population at the highest levels of numeracy, and a higher proportion at the lowest levels.

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Statistics Canada. Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/statistics_canada/skills_in_canada/skills_in_canada.pdf>
Statistics Canada (2013). Skills in Canada: First results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/statistics_canada/skills_in_canada/skills_in_canada.pdf
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