Tapping the Potential: Infographics Illustrate Need for Further Skills Training Among American Adults
“Tapping the Potential,” a series of infographics developed by AIR, illustrate the need for further literacy, numeracy and skills training among adults in America. The infographics were created on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE).
This series is part of broader work AIR is developing with OVAE to interpret findings from the Program for Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) survey.
The 2012 PIAAC was conducted in 24 countries and sub-national regions using a sample of 166,000 adults, 5,000 of whom were located in the U.S. PIAAC assessed adult skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving. Findings from the survey show adults in the U.S. lagged behind other countries in the industrialized world in each of the three skill areas. U.S. adults who are Hispanic, African American, born in another country, and of a lower socioeconomic status scored substantially lower.
The infographics, which highlight findings for each state and the U.S. overall, use data from the American Community Survey. These profiles accompany materials from the PIAAC survey to demonstrate the need for adult education. AIR’s work is part of OVAE’s initiative to become part of a national effort to demonstrate the need for adult education and literacy instruction, expand resources and enrollment and improve the quality of instruction.
AIR is also working with OVAE and NCES to conduct further analyses of PIACC data and to serve as the national hub for all reports and events concerning PIACC (www.piaacgateway.com).