The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: An Introduction

Publication Details

This publication is intended as an introduction to the ALL survey. It explains the nature of the ALL survey, its application and how the ALL survey results will be presented. It contains none of the ALL survey results.

Author(s): Paul Satherley and Elliot Lawes, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: September 2007

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Executive Summary

How literate are New Zealand adults? How does the literacy of New Zealand adults change according to their income? How does their literacy compare with that of adults from other countries?

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey aims to answer these and other similar questions.

This document is also intended as a companion to subsequent reporting on the ALL survey.

Key Points

  • The ALL survey measures skills in the adult population at national and international levels.
  • The findings of the ALL survey will be of use to policy makers, adult-literacy providers, the literacy research community and the public.
  • To enhance their utility, the findings of the ALL survey will be often presented in graphical form.
  • The initial findings of the ALL survey will be released in a sequence of publications in late 2007 and early 2008.

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