Voices Speak to the Data: Feedback from Participants in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial (2013)

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This document summarizes the results of two independent surveys exploring the experiences of literacy practitioners and adult learners who participated in an online field trial for the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). An initiative of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), PIAAC provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE).

The PIAAC online field trial was undertaken from June to July 2013 by the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) in Ontario. In September, AlphaPlus gathered feedback from participants in the field trial.

The feedback suggests that many found the test appropriate for their level, and enjoyed taking it. However, many learners thought the test was too long, requiring too much attention and concentration. They had difficulty understanding the purpose of many questions, and could not see a clear connection between the test itself and the needs for further education and skills development.

The results also suggest that PIAAC online would be too hard for learners at lower literacy levels, especially those with learning disabilities, because the test is too text heavy for them.

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Matthias Sturm and Kamran Ahmadpour. Voices Speak to the Data: Feedback from Participants in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial 2013. Web. 7 May. 2021 <http://alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/voices-speak-to-the-data.html>
Matthias Sturm & Kamran Ahmadpour (2013). Voices Speak to the Data: Feedback from Participants in the PIAAC On-line Field Trial. Retrieved May 7, 2021, from http://alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/voices-speak-to-the-data.html
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