EU Member States are undertaking research into an assessment of abilities that people need to lead successful and fulfilling lives as adults, including literacy, numeracy, technology and work-related skills. They are taking part in wider international efforts to develop comparable data in this field.
Some 20 EU Member States are taking part in the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competences (PIAAC), initiated by the OECD. The survey aims to assess “adult skills” in a comparable way among the 26 participating countries (the European countries plus Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Korea and the United States).
A key part of the survey is to assess literacy in the broadest sense, including the use of digital and communications technology, and the ability to access, manage, integrate and evaluate information and to communicate with others.
The main topics in the international report could include country comparisons, skills used on the job, the role of education and training in the process of skill acquisition, the economic and social outcomes of skills, and the survey methodology.
A timetable for action has been agreed, with preparation of the surveys lasting until 2011 and data collection up to 2012. The first international report should be finalised in 2013 and a series of thematic reports should be released from 2014 onwards.
The OECD’s PIAAC website.