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Results, methodological aspects and advancements of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Edited by Anja Perry, Débora B. Maehler, Beatrice Rammstedt
GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany


This special issue focuses on PIAAC and its methodological advancements and challenges. It presents results of the PIAAC study regarding socio-economic differences such as education and gender. Furthermore, contributors discuss methodological aspects of PIAAC and the application of the PIAAC data for further research using the rich database that is currently available and their combination with related studies. Results of this research imply recommendations for policy actions in order to approach problems associated with skill inequality as well as further research avenues to gain an even deeper of understanding of these problems.

  1. Research

    Conditioning factors of test-taking engagement in PIAAC: an exploratory IRT modelling approach considering person and item characteristics

    A potential problem of low-stakes large-scale assessments such as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is low test-taking engagement. The present study pursued two goals...

    Frank Goldhammer, Thomas Martens and Oliver Lüdtke

    Large-scale Assessments in Education 2017 5:18

    Published on: 20 November 2017

  2. Short report

    PIAAC: a new design for a new era

    As the largest and most innovative international assessment of adults, PIAAC marks an inflection point in the evolution of large-scale comparative assessments. PIAAC grew from the foundation laid by surveys th...

    Irwin Kirsch and Mary Louise Lennon

    Large-scale Assessments in Education 2017 5:11

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  3. Research

    The PIAAC longitudinal study in Germany: rationale and design

    In Germany, the respondents who had participated in the 2012 survey of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) were re-approached for the panel study PIAAC-L. PIAAC-L aims ...

    Beatrice Rammstedt, Silke Martin, Anouk Zabal, Claus Carstensen and Jürgen Schupp

    Large-scale Assessments in Education 2017 5:4

    Published on: 31 January 2017