In this issue of the CAAL newsletter, there is info on PIAAC, the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. They just completed their second meeting of the project, and some materials are available to understand the nature and goals of this international project. This assessment will focus on skills such as reading and writing, but it will also focus on problem-solving skills and technology. It appears to be a very comprehensive approach to gauging skill and ability. One of the issues they hope will be addressed by this new assessment is the nature of wage inequality, which I find absolutely intriguing.
Below is the write-up from the CAAL newsletter which has links to further information.
Has anyone heard about this assessment? Have you been involved in some way with its development? What are your thoughts regarding assessments that go beyond literacy and math skills and also gauge abilities like problem-solving? Do you think that such an international assessment is useful/valuable?
The American Institutes for Research held a second invitational meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 13th to give a progress report and explain the key features of PIAAC, the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Representatives of several workforce development groups were attended. Irwin Kirsch of Educational Testing Service (ETS is the lead contractor in this international effort) gave a slide presentation to promote better understanding. The presentation is available in PDF from the CAAL website.
The Assessment findings will be released internationally this fall, along with an online resource that will enable organizations, states, and other entities to assess the competencies and skills of specific populations in real time. CAAL's E-News of December 2012 provides details.
Some interesting highlights of the March meeting follow:
For information on the PIAAC background questionnaire, its history and design, and other aspects of this unprecedented international project (more than 22 countries are involved), visit the website of the National Center for Educational Statistics.