Survey of Adult Skills

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New Zealand has participated in the OECD's Survey of Adult Skills. This is part of the OECD's Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies survey (PIAAC).

Internationally, it is the most comprehensive survey of adult skills ever undertaken. Through interviews with a representative sample of respondents aged 16-65 in each participating country, PIAAC assesses literacy and numeracy skills, and ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments. It builds on previous international surveys of adult skills, allowing literacy levels to be compared over a 13-17 year period for some countries.

New Zealand, together with 8 other countries, participated in a second round. This follows a first round in 25 countries whose results were published in October 2013. A third round has also begun.

Author(s): Ministry of Education and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Date Published: Varies

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Survey of Adult Skills
For queries about the Survey of Adult Skills please contact:

Paul Satherley
Principal Research Analyst
Research Division
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666, Thorndon
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

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