Percentage of the population in a given age group achieving at least a fixed level of proficiency in functional (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills.

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.


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,


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

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 cost-effective module that can be integrated into national and international surveys. This is expected to take 3-5 years to achieve.