The Educational Testing Service (ETS) and OECD are organizing a research conference “The Importance of Skills and How to Assess Them” in Washington D.C. November 13–15, 2013. Related to the conference there will be a workshop November 11-13 on using the PIAAC international databases and related data tools.
SkillsREAL-project will be represented in both events.
…was the conclusion reached by the Norwegian Government, pleased that the OECD study documented a good competence (capabilities) among adults in Norway. See the Goverment’s Press Release when the first results from the OECD’s PIAAC-survey were published on the 8.10.2013 – “Gode resultater for voksne i PIAAC”.
The findings for Norway are analysed and publised by the Statistics Norway. Their report is available at the SSB-website “Leseferdigheter og tallforståelse – SSB”.
The first findings from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) were published in October in the OECD Skills Outlook 2013. For a summary of the main findings see PIAAC First Key Findings Skills Outlook 2013.
While the findings show in general that…
“On average, as adults’ proficiency increases, their chances of being in the labour force and being employed increase, as do their wages. Skills proficiency is also positively associated with other aspects of wellbeing.”
…the study also concludes that more education does not automatically translate into better skills: the results showed considerable variation among individuals with similar qualifications/education, both within and across countries. Indeed, the whole report is highly recommended, interesting and inspiring reading!
A large part of the SkillsREAL-project will be based on the PIAAC data, which we shall analyse further, in line with our problem-setting.