Engaging Stakeholders in a National Strategy to Improve Foundation Skills of U.S. Adults

Results from the latest international study of adult skills, Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Survey of Adult Skills, show that the U.S. workforce trails many other developed nations in foundational skills essential for both individuals and the nation as a whole to thrive: (1) ability to read, (2) ability to understand numbers and do math, and (3) ability to solve problems using technology.

In order for the Department of Education to (1) better understand the challenges involved in improving these skills, (2) gather input from a wide range of stakeholders, and (3) inform development of a national response, the Secretary of Education launched a national engagement process to obtain feedback. The goal of this process was to develop a national action plan to improve foundation skills of adults in the United States.

Read more information about the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the survey of adult skills.

Learn more about the engagement process.