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Secondary Analysis Lab

Current Projects

Associations of U.S. adults’ learning strategies to their literacy proficiencies
M Cecil Smith

Collaborating with colleagues at Northern Illinois University and Texas State University, Smith is conducting an analysis of data from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies ( The PIAAC is a household survey sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-2012 with a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65. ThePIAAC will enable researchers and policymakers to address important questions about adults’ educational preparation, workforce readiness, family and health literacy, and literacy and problem solving skills in everyday contexts.