Research and analysis

Literacy and numeracy: learning from high-performing and improving countries

A survey which provides data on the levels of basic adult skills and the skills needed among the adult population.

Document

International evidence review of basic skills: learning from high-performing and improving countries - BIS research paper number 209

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Details

The 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (ISAS) provides governments with data on the levels of skills and the skills needed among the adult population.

The survey had cross-country comparisons in 3 dimensions:

  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • problem solving in a technology rich environment (PS-TRE)

This report presents further analysis of England and Northern Ireland’s results compared to selected high-performing and improving countries.

Published 14 January 2015