Adult skills

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The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader's Companion, Second Edition

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Proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving differs widely across the countries and economies who participated in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). On average, adults in the highest performing countries have a more than 80 score-point advantage (or more than ten years of formal schooling) on the literacy and numeracy dimensions over the adult population in the lowest performing countries.
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Country
Literacy, points, 2013-16
Literacy, points, 2013-16
Literacy, points, 2013-16
Australia AUS 280 280 280
Austria AUT 270 270 270
Canada CAN 274 274 274
Chile CHL 220 220 220
Czech Republic CZE 274 274 274
Denmark DNK 271 271 271
England (UK) England (UK) 273 273 273
Estonia EST 276 276 276
Finland FIN 288 288 288
Flanders (BEL) Flanders (BEL) 276 276 276
France FRA 262 262 262
Germany DEU 270 270 270
Greece GRC 254 254 254
Ireland IRL 267 267 267
Israel ISR 255 255 255
Italy ITA 251 251 251
Japan JPN 296 296 296
Korea KOR 273 273 273
Netherlands NLD 284 284 284
New Zealand NZL 281 281 281
N. Ireland (UK) N. Ireland (UK) 269 269 269
Norway NOR 278 278 278
Poland POL 267 267 267
Slovak Republic SVK 274 274 274
Slovenia SVN 256 256 256
Spain ESP 252 252 252
Sweden SWE 279 279 279
Turkey TUR 227 227 227
United States USA 270 270 270
OECD OECD 268 268 268
Cyprus CYP 269 269 269
Jakarta (IDN) Jakarta (IDN) 200 200 200
Lithuania LTU 267 267 267
Russia RUS 275 275 275
Singapore SGP 258 258 258