A new interactive skills map using data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Survey now provides researchers the capability to explore, compare, and analyze findings for states and counties. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the tool, which was developed by Westat.
PIAAC is a survey of adult skills that is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It examines a range of basic skills and assesses those skills in a consistent manner across participating countries. In the U.S., PIAAC is sponsored by NCES.
The skills map presents results from a statistical technique called small area estimation that uses the PIAAC data in conjunction with data from the American Community Survey to produce model-based estimates of the proportion of U.S. adults, ages 16–74, at various proficiency levels for states and counties. Also available are state and county estimates for average literacy and numeracy scores.