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How Boosting Adult Educational Skills Can Grow the Middle Class

November 12, 2013, 1:00pm ET - 2:30pm ET



The basic skill level of American adults is incredibly important for our ability to grow and maintain a strong middle class. In an economy that increasingly relies on technology we must invest in policies that promote and strengthen the skills of our citizens so that they can continue to drive American economic growth.

A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report will provide a strong and clear call to United States policymakers to protect America’s global standing through investments in education because basic skill levels are linked with employability in the global economy. The OECD conducted the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a major household survey across 23 countries that examined adult skill levels in three areas: literacy, numeracy and problems solving. The U.S. Department of Education requested OECD analyze the PIAAC data and generate a special report detailing the status of American adults and making policy recommendations to boost skill levels in the United States.

Please join the Center for American Progress and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for this important event.