Monthly Archives: April 2020

Commemorating World Book Day in Ghana

Daniel Ofosu-Asamoah, Literacy Promotion Manager with the Ghana Book Development Council  has written on World Book  and Copyright Day in Ghana 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event couldn’t be marked in the usual manner.

In his articles in Modern Ghana  and peacefm Daniel looks at the significance of reading and the role that it plays in combating boredom and stress in these uncertain times.



State and County Estimates of Adult Literacy

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the U.S. Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Skills Map: State and County Indicators of Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

The U.S. PIAAC Skills Map is an interactive mapping tool that allows users to access estimates of adult literacy and numeracy proficiency in all U.S. states and counties. These estimates are based on data collected in the three rounds of U.S. PIAAC data collection (in 2012, 2014 and 2017) as well as data from the American Community Survey (2013-2017). A statistical technique called small area estimation is used to produce estimates of the proportion of U.S. adults, ages 16–74, with the lowest levels of proficiency (at or below Level 1), with middle proficiency (at Level 2), and with the highest levels of proficiency (at or above Level 3). Also available in this mapping tool are state and county estimates of average literacy and numeracy scores (on the PIAAC scale of 0-500). In addition, the mapping tool provides estimates of the precision of its indicators and facilitates statistical comparisons among states and counties.

PIAAC is a large-scale international study of the skills of working-age adults (ages 16–65) in three domains: literacy, numeracy, and digital problem solving.  It also collects extensive information on adults’ education and training, work experience, and other background characteristics.

To access the Skills Map, please visit