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High skill levels among Norwegian adults
statistikk
2013-10-08T11:00:00.000Z
Education
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piaac, Survey of adult skills, literacy, numeracy, ICT problem solving, reading proficiencyLevel of education, Education
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Survey of adult skills

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Key figures

41.6 %

have literacy skills at level 3

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level, by skill. Per cent1
2012
LiteracyNumeracyProblem solving
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
Less than level 13.04.311.4
Level 19.310.231.8
Level 230.228.434.9
Level 341.637.46.1
Level 4-513.717.4.

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Table 1 
Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in literacy, by age. Per cent

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in literacy, by age. Per cent1
2012
Literacy
PercentageStandard error
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
16-65 years
Less than level 13.00.3
Level 19.30.6
Level 230.20.8
Level 341.60.8
Level 4-513.70.6
16-24 years
Less than level 12.10.6
Level 110.71.2
Level 20.31.8
Level 342.32.0
Level 4-510.11.3
25-34 years
Less than level 14.10.7
Level 16.61.3
Level 220.41.7
Level 344.62.3
Level 4-520.81.8
35-44 years
Less than level 13.20.6
Level 16.41.0
Level 222.61.4
Level 345.91.7
Level 4-519.81.2
45-54 years
Less than level 12.70.6
Level 17.41.2
Level 233.51.7
Level 341.81.8
Level 4-511.51.0
55 years and older
Less than level 12.80.5
Level 115.81.6
Level 241.42.3
Level 333.11.9
Level 4-55.40.8

Table 2 
Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in numeracy, by age. Per cent

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in numeracy, by age. Per cent1
2012
Numeracy
PercentageStandard error
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
16-65 years
Less than level 14.30.3
Level 110.20.5
Level 228.40.8
Level 337.40.8
Level 4-517.40.6
16-24 years
Less than level 13.80.7
Level 113.11.4
Level 233.11.8
Level 337.61.9
Level 4-511.51.3
25-34 years
Less than level 15.70.8
Level 17.21.1
Level 221.71.9
Level 340.02.0
Level 4-521.91.8
35-44 years
Less than level 14.30.8
Level 17.31.0
Level 222.11.5
Level 338.42.1
Level 4-525.61.7
45-54 years
Less than level 13.70.9
Level 18.11.1
Level 230.01.5
Level 338.31.8
Level 4-516.91.4
55 years and older
Less than level 14.20.8
Level 116.21.7
Level 236.31.9
Level 332.31.9
Level 4-59.61.0

Table 3 
Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in problem solving, by age. Per cent

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in problem solving, by age. Per cent1
2012
Problem solving
PercentageStandard error
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
16-65 years
Less than level 111.40.6
Level 131.80.8
Level 234.90.9
Level 36.10.4
16-24 years
Less than level 17.01.1
Level 131.91.8
Level 246.71.9
Level 38.11.0
25-34 years
Less than level 15.91.3
Level 124.81.7
Level 244.61.9
Level 311.71.3
35-44 years
Less than level 18.71.2
Level 130.21.7
Level 241.21.8
Level 37.20.9
45-54 years
Less than level 113.71.3
Level 138.61.6
Level 229.01.5
Level 32.70.7
55 years and older
Less than level 121.91.7
Level 133.51.9
Level 213.41.3
Level 30.80.3

Table 4 
Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in literacy, by sex. Per cent

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in literacy, by sex. Per cent1
2012
Literacy
PercentageStandard error
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
Both sexes
Less than level 13.00.3
Level 19.30.6
Level 230.20.8
Level 341.60.8
Level 4-513.70.6
Males
Less than level 13.00.4
Level 19.20.7
Level 228.81.0
Level 341.21.1
Level 4-515.60.9
Females
Less than level 13.00.4
Level 19.40.8
Level 231.61.3
Level 342.11.3
Level 4-511.70.7

Table 5 
Percentage of adults at each proficiency level i numeracy, by sex. Per cent

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level i numeracy, by sex. Per cent1
2012
Numeracy
PercentageStandard error
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
Both sexes
Less than level 14.30.3
Level 110.20.5
Level 228.40.8
Level 337.40.8
Level 4-517.40.6
Males
Less than level 14.10.5
Level 18.40.7
Level 224.81.1
Level 338.11.3
Level 4-522.21.0
Females
Less than level 14.50.5
Level 112.20.8
Level 232.21.1
Level 336.61.0
Level 4-512.30.7

Table 6 
Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in problem solving, by sex. Per cent

Percentage of adults at each proficiency level in problem solving, by sex. Per cent1
2012
Problem solving
PercentageStandard error
1When persons without score are included, the percentages sum up to 100 per cent
Both sexes
Less than level 111.40.6
Level 131.80.8
Level 234.90.9
Level 36.10.4
Males
Less than level 110.40.7
Level 130.21.0
Level 236.91.2
Level 37.10.7
Females
Less than level 112.60.8
Level 133.51.2
Level 232.81.1
Level 35.00.5

About the statistics

The statistics give an overview on literacy and numeracy skills in the population aged 16–65 years.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Literacy: The ability to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts to participate in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential. Literacy encompasses a range of skills from the decoding of written words and sentences to the comprehension, interpretation and evaluation of complex texts. It does not, however, involve the production of text.

Numeracy: The ability to access, use, interpret and communicate mathematical information and ideas in order to engage in and manage the mathematical demands of a range of situations in adult life. To this end, numeracy involves managing a situation or solving a problem in a real context, by responding to mathematical content/information/ideas represented in multiple ways.

Problem solving in technology-rich environments: The ability to use digital technology, communication tools and networks to acquire and evaluate information, communicate with others and perform practical tasks. The assessment focuses on the abilities to solve problems for personal, work and civic purposes by setting up appropriate goals and plans, and accessing and making use of information through computers and computer networks.

Standard classifications

Level of education is coded according to ISCED97.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Survey of adult skills
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Regional level

Whole country

Frequency and timeliness

PIAAC was conducted in Norway between August 2011 and April 2012. Similar surveys are planned approximately every ten years.

International reporting

Data are delivered to OCED

Microdata

The basic material (survey results from the interviewers) as well as the statistical files (on the basis of revision and estimation procedures) are stored. Micro data are delivered to OECD, NSD and the Nordic PIAAC database.

Background

Background and purpose

PIAAC is the largest international survey of adult skills ever conducted, and Round 1, with 24 participating countries, started the data collection for the main survey in 2011. The purpose of the survey is to collect comparable international data about the skills of the adult population in three domains: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of a technology-rich environment. These skills are considered “key” information-processing skills.

In addition to being comparable across participation countries, results from PIAAC can in part be compared with results from two previous surveys: The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) from 1998 and The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) from 2003.

Users and applications

By providing the relevant authorities and other users with information about skills in the adult population, PIAAC contributes to the knowledge base for policy development both in Norway and at the international level. Key users include Ministries, international organisations, researchers, trade unions and media.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

Not relevant

Legal authority

The Statistics Act § 2-1

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

PIAAC covers the adult population (aged 16 to 65), with the exception of persons living in institutions.

Data sources and sampling

The target population for PIAAC were adults aged between 16 and 65. People without a place of residence and people living in institutions were excluded from the target population. The sample was stratified by age and educational level. Education was divided into four categories: lower secondary education and below, upper secondary education and higher education, as well as a separate category for missing. Age was divided into three groups: 16-29, 30-44 and 45-65.

The sample contained 8506 people.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The data collection instrument consisted of two main parts. The interviewer would first ask the respondent questions from an extensive background questionnaire, and then the respondent was asked to take the assessment on either a computer or on paper.

The respondents had the options of being interviewed in their own home, in the offices of Statistics Norway or in another suitable location of their choice. Respondents were given gift certificates worth 500 NOK to participate in the survey.

The data collection period was August 2011 to April 2012.

All assessments were scored. Computer-based assessment were scored automatically, and paper-based assessments were scored by a scoring team at Statistics Norway.

Weighting and calibration was implemented according to the PIAAC Weighting and Variance Estimation Plan, which is described in more detail in the PIAAC Technical Report released by the OECD.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

Results from the Norwegian PIAAC are can be compared with results from the other 23 countries that have participated in the first round of the survey. PIAAC is partially a follow-up survey of IALS and ALL, and recalculation of the data material from the previous surveys have been implemented so that the results will be more comparable over time.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The estimates from PIAAC are based on a sample of individuals. Somewhat different results might have been obtained if a different sample or a complete cencus had been taken using the same questionnaire, assessments, interviewers, processing etc. as those actually used in the survey.  

The response rate for Norway was 62 %.

Revision

Not relevant