About the OECD

The OECD is a forum in which governments compare and exchange policy experiences, identify good practices in light of emerging challenges, and promote decisions and recommendations to produce better policies for better lives. The OECD’s mission is to promote policies that improve economic and social well-being of people around the world.

About the Education and Skills at the OECD

Building on the priorities formulated by the Secretary General of the OECD, the Directorate for Education and Skills aims to achieve two overarching goals to make reform happen:

  • Strengthen employability, social participation and inclusive growth.

The Directorate encourages governments to develop the skills of all members of society and ensure that those skills are used effectively, since human capital and skills play a crucial role in generating better jobs and better lives for individuals and in supporting inclusive societies.

  • Strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of institutions to make reform happen.

The directorate works with governments to identify and better understand the factors behind successful reforms and provides direct support to member countries that are designing, adopting and implementing reforms in education and skills policies.


About the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

The Survey assesses the proficiency of young people and adults in key information-processing skills essential for participating in the information-rich economies and societies of the 21st century. These are: literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments. The Survey allows countries to analyse the level and distribution of skills among their population as well as the extent of skills use in different contexts.