On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, AIR hosted a demonstration of the U.S. PIAAC Skills Map: State and County Indicators of Adult Literacy and Numeracy, a new interactive data tool recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The discussion covered the potential uses of the data from a policy and research perspective, which relates to the workforce, adult basic education, and training.
The Skills Map provides easy access to new information about the literacy and numeracy proficiency of adults ages 16-74 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all 3,141 counties across the United States as well as the ability to view side-by-side comparisons of performance for individual states and counties.
According to recent PIAAC data, roughly 1 in 5 U.S. adults lacks basic literacy skills, while nearly 1 in 3 lacks basic numeracy skills. The demonstration reviewed average scores and the proportion of adults performing at each proficiency level (lowest, middle, and highest performers). Users can access selected state- and county-level demographic information such as educational attainment, race/ethnicity, employment status, and poverty level, to better understand the results produced for each state or county.
Registrants were given the opportunity to submit questions during the webinar.
Presenter: Tom Krenzke, Skills Map expert, Vice President and Senior Statistician, Westat
Discussant: Cheryl Keenan, Director of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Discussant: Monica Mean, Education Research Analyst, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Moderator: Holly Xie, Program Officer, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
About the RISE Webinar Series
The Research on International Studies in Education (RISE) Webinar Series showcases research using data from international studies and promotes sharing and discussion about how data-based evidence can be used for improving educational outcomes. The RISE Webinar Series is organized by AIR. To receive emails about RISE and invitations to upcoming webinars, please email RISE@air.org.