Percentage of youth/adults proficient in literacy and numeracy skills ( BAA )

This indicator is proposed as an indicator for Sustainable Development Target 04.6 By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

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This indicator is collected via skills' assessment surveys of the adult population. Currently data are available for 33 mostly high-income countries from PIAAC. Similar information is available for (urban areas of) of 13 low- and middleincome countries from STEP. Considerable work is required to develop a costeffective module that can be integrated into national and international surveys. This is expected to take 3-5 years to achieve.

OECD (PIAAC), World Bank (STEP), UNESCO-UIS will compile the data collected in assessment surveys run by other organizations

Linkages: 1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 8.5, 8.6, 8.b, 10.2, 12.8, 13.3, 13.b,

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