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  • Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Report to Congress. This biennial report provides an overview of the first two program years (PYs) of data available through the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS), covering PY 2016–17 and PY 2017–18, on the activities carried out under the IELCE program (section 243 of WIOA). [PDF 297KB].

  • Adult Basic Education Grant Program Factsheet. Program overview from the Division of Adult Education and Literacy. [PDF 78KB].

  • Adult Workers with Low Measured Skills Factsheet. An analysis of the nearly 24 million low-skilled employed adults in the U.S., based on data from the PIAAC National Supplement, was produced for the Upskill America one-year anniversary, April 25, 2016. [PDF 192KB]

  • The National Reporting System (NRS) for Adult Education and Literacy is a performance and financial reporting system designed to collect aggregate statewide data from formula grantees on an annual basis. It reflects the requirements of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The public may view state and national data in the NRS data system. To log into the system as a public user, select the green "HERE" box.

  • Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The goal of this survey, conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults around the world. The assessment focuses on cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. Check out the OCTAE Blog posts about PIAAC for more updates.

  • Time for the United States to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says. This special report, authored by the OECD, highlights the results of the survey in the U.S. and identifies their policy implications.

  • Reports, data and tools from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Find PIAAC publications and products produced by the NCES.

  • PIAAC Gateway Find news, updates, and resources about PIAAC data analyses in the news, workshop presentations, and conference presentations. Use the Toolkit to create your own presentation. Sign up to receive the PIAAC Buzz newsletter.

Last Modified: 01/22/2021