Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) resources

PIAAC is the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, also known as The International Survey of Adult Skills. PIAAC measures adults’ skills in:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Problem-solving in technology-rich environments

PIAAC gathers background data on education, employment, skills and qualifications required for work and used at home. This enables us to explore relationships between skills, education and employment, controlling for linguistic and socio-demographic factors.

New 2019 report: Comparing literacy and numeracy scales in the Assessment Tool and Survey of Adult Skills

This report is intended to help educators and researchers using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool understand the extent to which results from the Assessment Tool can be compared with the results from the Survey of Adult Skills.

Author(s): Ministry of Education

Date Published: March 2019

PIAAC presentations

Skills Highway and the Industry Training Federation, in conjunction with The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults and the Ministry of Education, has developed some presentations that set out the PIAAC findings in an easily accessible way. Each topic has a fly-through video of the presentation and a link where the presentation can be downloaded. The topics are:

New Zealand's high level results

You can download this presentation here.

Skills and young people

You can download this presentation here.

Skills and ethnicity

You can download this presentation here.

Skills and training at work

You can download this presentation here.

What people can do and earn

You can download this presentation here.

For more detailed information, please visit the Ministry of Education's New Zealand PIAAC website