PIAAC - Let's do something about those results!
The PIAAC Literacy Circle has completed its objectives but remains open for anyone wishing to review the discussions and add to them.
The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) released data in October 2013 from its worldwide literacy survey. Among other findings, it is disturbing to say the least that (1) a larger percentage of U.S. adults scored in the very lowest levels for reading literacy, compared to the international cohort and (2) U.S. adults with less than a high school diploma scored lower than their peers internationally.
When are things going to change and who will change them? If not now, when? If not we, who?
The purpose of the Literacy Circle was to discuss practices related The Amy Trawick’s Using the PIAAC Literacy Framework to Guide Instruction (2017) and their usefulness in developing literacy instruction among adult learners in ABE, HSE, Family Literacy, and, possibly, ESOL programs in the United States. Trawick's Guide is in our Resource Collection, along with Sabatini's Understanding the Basic Reading Skills of U.S. Adults: Reading Components in the PIAAC Literacy Survey. You may also access some of the other resources shared in the past four weeks at http://learnresources.org/guidetoliteracy.htm.
Trawick's template for developing unit outlines for literacy instruction provides a good start for all of us to begin to apply research-based best practices in instructing our adults by (1) contextualizing content to engage adults,(2) targeting essential skills, (3) selecting a large variety of texts and text types to support their literacy development, and (4) planning instruction to meet student levels.
Are you willing to drop in with a simple comment on any aspect of Trawick's Unit Outline? What do you think about the areas addressed and how they are approached? Let's talk more. If not we, who?