Soroui to discuss global adult literacy at Oct. 4 talk

Jaleh Behroozi Soroui

Jaleh Behroozi Soroui

Jaleh Behroozi Soroui, director of the American Institute for Research’s Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, will give a presentation entitled, “Measuring the Literacy Competencies of the United States and 23 Other Countries,” on Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in room 1030 of the College of Education (30 Pryor St., Atlanta).

This presentation, coordinated by the College of Education, the Area of Focus Initiative – Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy, and the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, will provide information on the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, a large-scale study funded by the National Center for Education Statistics and conducted in 2011-2012.

The study looks at the key cognitive and workplace skills of working-age adults (ages 16-65), and provide in-depth information about U.S. adults competencies compared to adults in the 24 participating countries. Data from PIAAC can enable the U.S. to better understand its global competitiveness, benchmark how well education and training systems are meeting emerging skill demands, and develop strategies that take advantage of our strengths to enhance productivity.

“The College of Education has a unique opportunity to host a presenter who can share the ins and outs of the newest survey of adult literacy skills,” said Daphne Greenberg, College of Education professor and director of the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy. “Using the results of this study, stakeholders will have the necessary data to compare U.S. adult literacy skills to those of adults in other countries. This information may assist leaders in developing policy in areas such as workplace literacy, computer literacy, numeracy, problem solving skills and literacy components.”

Due to limited seating, an RSVP is required to attend this presentation. Please confirm your attendance at 404-413-8131 or