Preparing for PIAAC

This upcoming Tuesday, October 8th, the OECD is releasing the results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a new international survey intended to measure the skills and competencies needed by adults in the 21st century, including literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). The survey was conducted in 2011 and 2012 in 26 countries - including Canada - with over 27,000 Canadian participants.

In anticipation of the results, Essential Skills Ontario has written three in-depth Essential Skills Bulletins that outline PIAAC, its significance and what the results could mean for literacy and essential skills in Ontario and across the country. You can read all of our Essential Skills Bulletins (available in both English and French) on our website.

We also held a webinar in July - Preparing for PIAAC - where participants were introduced to the survey, problem solving in technology-rich environments, the Survey of Skills Used at Work and what we can learn from the findings. You can watch the recorded webinar at

When the results are released, Essential Skills Ontario will be paying particular attention to the relationship between PIAAC results, populations and places in Ontario, specifically with regards to the new domain of PS-TRE and the wider implication of the Survey of Skills Used at Work.

For more information on the survey please visit our website at

News Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013