On December 11th and 12th, the AIR PIAAC team was joined by a group of more than 120 researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from both the U.S. and other countries for the first U.S. PIAAC research-to-action conference. Authors of 11 research papers commissioned by AIR through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presented key findings of their papers. The  presentations were organized around four key themes — workforce issues, literacy and learning, skills of immigrants, and health literacy — providing an opportunity for participants to engage in spirited discussions of the implications of the findings for policy and practice as well as to raise questions about the findings themselves. The conference was made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Foundation and highlighted by introductory talks by Peggy Carr, Acting Commissioner of NCES, and Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). Materials from this dynamic and intellectually stimulating event are posted below. Help us take the next steps to engage leaders in using these findings to shape policy and practice!

Welcoming Remarks by Jaleh Behroozi Soroui, PIAAC director, American Institutes for Research.   View video 
Introductory Remarks by Peggy Carr, Acting Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), U.S. Department of Education.   View video 
Keynote Speech by Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Education.   View video ›