International documents

Adult and Youth Literacy (2013)

UIS Fact Sheet, September 2013 - No.26

This fact sheet presents literacy data as of September 2013 from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), which collects data on youth and adult literacy through its annual survey on literacy and educational attainment.

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2014-04-25

Ageing and Literacy Skills: Evidence from Canada, Norway and the United States – IZA Discussion Paper No. 6424 (2012)

In this paper, the authors examine the relationship between age and basic literacy skills in Canada, Norway, and the United States, using data from the 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALSS).

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2014-04-11

Further Reactions to “First Reactions to the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Results” (2014)

In October 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative that provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE).

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2014-01-14

International Adult Literacy Assessments: A Centre for Literacy Research Scan for Summer Institute 2013 (2013)

This document is housed on the Centre for Literacy server.

This background paper was prepared for the Centre for Literacy’s Summer Institute 2013, held in Montreal, Quebec, in June of that year.

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2013-12-16

PIAAC: Detailed Q&A (2013)

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). This document provides detailed answers to 19 questions about the PIAAC.

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2013-12-12

Large scale international surveys of adult competencies: Implications for adult learning in linguistic minority settings (2013)

This document is housed on the Centre for Literacy's server.

The author of this document, an adult educator with more than 20 years of experience in many areas of adult literacy education within Canada’s Francophone population, examines the evaluation of basic competencies for adults living in a linguistic minority context in Canada.

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2013-12-10

Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says (2013)

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

It focuses on key findings for the United States from the Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD’s Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), and offers a number of recommendations for dealing with problems the survey reveals.

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2013-12-04

The Survey of Adult Skills – Reader's Companion (2013)

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

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2013-12-02

Backgrounder on PIAAC results in the North (2013)

Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) demonstrate the diversity of populations, education levels, languages, and skill levels across Canada’s northern territories, and illustrate the challenges faced there, according to literacy practitioners in that region.

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2013-11-19

PIAAC: International Results Summary (2013)

This document summarizes the Canadian results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) initiative that provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). As well, it points to areas of concern those results suggest.

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2013-11-05

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