PIAAC Insights on People with Learning Disabilities in the U.S.: Its Impact on Education

“Have you ever been diagnosed or identified as having a learning disability?” Both household and incarcerated populations were asked this question in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). As shown in Figure 1, among the U.S. household population (16-74 years old), 8 percent reported having a learning disability, but among the

CPE’s New Study: An Ongoing Dialog between Educators in Finland and U.S.

Finnish education has been a hot topic since 2003 when Finland ranked first in both science and reading, and second in mathematics in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The report, released this week by the Center for Public Education (CPE) “adds to our insights into the Finnish education system”, remarked CPE Director Patte

From PIAAC to Linkage between School and the Labor Market

In a world in which millions of people are unemployed while many employers complain that they cannot find qualified workers, something is obviously out of balance. One of those issues is the match between the supply of and demand for skills. (OECD, PIAAC, 2016) Over the past week, we have attempted to provide policy makers

Apprenticeship Model—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 2)

“When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a ninth-grade education.”     This report

Apprenticeships—Narrowing the Skills Gap and Making School More Relevant (Part 1)

“When the ladies from the business office came in to show us how they use spreadsheets in their job, the lesson became something that I need to learn because I will use it one day.” This remark was made by a high-school student from Alabama, one of the interviewees in a recent qualitative study on