Literacy

  • Literacy and numeracy assessments of adult English language learners

    This report is an attempt to answer questions about the extent to which the Assessment Tool can reasonably and legitimately be used to assess the literacy and numeracy of English language learners, on the basis of a descriptive study of skills (as measured by the Assessment Tool) of English language learners in comparison with learners with English as first language.

    Author(s): Chris Lane, Senior Research Analyst, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2014

  • Resource Teachers Literacy: Operational and Policy Review

    This report has been prepared by the Ministry of education to conduct an evaluation of the Resource Teachers Literacy (RTLit Service. The RTLit Service is designed to provide short, intensive support to students with high literacy needs, and to identify students with persistent learning needs who will require ongoing specialist support. RTLts are specialist teachers whose role is to support and assist staff in schools to meet the needs of Years 1 to 8 students experiencing difficulties with literacy learning. This report synthesises the work across all stages of the evaluation to make evidence based conclusioins about the operation of the service and its effectiveness.

    Author(s): Martin Jenkins & Associates Limited for the Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: September 2014

  • Assessing skills of adult learners in 2011

    This is an initial statistical report on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool in terms of the extent of its use in 2011, the first full year of implementation, the reading and numeracy profiles of learners when first assessed, and the extent to which learners can be seen to have increased their reading and numeracy skills over the course of the 2011 year.

    Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: February 2013

  • Engagement is key

    This report presents the findings of a small scale piece of qualitative research with nine providers delivering programmes to young people. The purpose of this research is to understand the experiences of implementing the Assessment Tool. This report supplements the quantitative analysis of first results from the Assessment Tool reported in Lane (2012). There is interest in both the results coming out of the Assessment Tool and the experiences of implementation.

    Author(s): Jacqui Haggland, Ahikiwi Research and Consulting and David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: February 2013

  • Evaluation of Literacy and Mathematics Additional Learning Programmes for Students 2011

    This research report outlines the findings of an evaluation of the Literacy and Mathematics: Programmes for Students 2011, a Ministry of Education initiative to provide additional teacher time to enable selected schools to organise programmes for students who were assessed as ‘below’ or ‘well below’ the National Standards in mathematics, reading or writing. This initiative allowed a primary or intermediate school to design programmes in mathematics, reading or writing for a group of students to work intensively with a selected teacher.

    Author(s): Bronwen Cowie, Clive McGee, Mira Peter, Merilyn Taylor and Junjun Chen, University of Waikato.

    Date Published: November 2012

  • Review of the Literature on Individual Education Plans

    A literature review of national and international developments in the use of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) with schools and families, with particular attention to special education assessment practice(s) and their relationship to the IEP process.

    Author(s): David Mitchell, Missy Morton and Garry Hornby

    Date Published: September 2011

  • Literacy skills of young adult New Zealanders

    This report explores how the literacy of young adults (aged 16-24) in New Zealand varies according to a wide range of factors. Literacy here refers to literacy in English only, and the main aspect of literacy considered is document literacy, which refers to the ability to read and interpret non-continuous texts, such as tables, diagrams and maps. To highlight the relationships of the factors with the document literacy scores of young adults, comparisons are made with the effects of the factors in the population aged 25-65.

    Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2011

  • Factors linked to young adult literacy

    This report explores the factors linked to the literacy of young adults (aged 16-24) in New Zealand using statistical modelling. Literacy here refers to literacy in English only, and the particular aspect of literacy considered is document literacy, which refers to the ability to read and interpret non-continuous texts, such as tables, diagrams and maps. To identify the factors especially important to young people, it compares these with the factors related to document literacy in the population aged 25-65.

    Author(s): Chris Lane, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2011

  • Literacy and numeracy at work

    This report looks at the use of literacy and numeracy skills at work, and how this relates to the skills and education of employees. It uses data from the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills (ALL) survey to look at how well employees’ skills match the literacy and numeracy practices that they undertake at work. It looks at how skills and education relate to different sets of practices, such as financial literacy and numeracy. It also identifies which groups of employees are more likely to have a skills shortfall or skills excess, and some of the barriers to further training for those with a skills shortfall.

    Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis and Reporting Division [Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: February 2011

  • NEMP (National Education Monitoring Project)

    This project aimed to obtain a broad picture of the achievement and other educational outcomes of representative samples of students in New Zealand schools at Years 4 and 8. Each year, over a four-year period, different areas related to the curriculum were assessed.

    Author(s): Otago University.

    Date Published: Various

  • Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults - Further Investigation: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

    This report, which complements Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults, investigates the extent to which the distribution of English literacy among Pasifika adults is associated with changes in the distribution of their educational attainment and familiarity with English.

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

    Date Published: August 2009

    Released on Education Counts: September 2009

  • Literacy and Life Skills for Pasifika Adults: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

    The 2006 ALL survey was designed to measure the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among the adult population of New Zealand. The ALL survey included an oversample of Pasifika adults. This design feature has allowed meaningful insights into the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among the adult Pasifika population of New Zealand.

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

    Date Published: August 2009

    Released on Education Counts: September 2009

  • Literacy and Life Skills for Māori Adults - Further Investigation: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

    This report, which complements Literacy and Life Skills for Maori Adults, investigates the extent to which the distribution of literacy among Maori adults is associated with a range of potential explanatory factors.

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

    Date Published: August 2009

    Released on Education Counts: September 2009

  • Literacy and Life Skills for Māori Adults: Results from the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

    The 2006 ALL survey measured skills in prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem solving. The ALL survey included an oversample of Māori adults. This design feature has allowed meaningful analyses of the distribution of literacy and numeracy skills among the adult Māori population of New Zealand.

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

    Date Published: August 2009

    Released on Education Counts: September 2009

  • Literacy Learning Progressions: Report on feedback on the draft document

    This report provides an analysis of responses to the draft Literacy Learning Progressions and makes recommendations for the next phase of development.

    Author(s): Borderfields Consulting

    Date Published: May 2009

  • The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Gender, Ethnicity and Literacy

    This report is the third in a series of four that investigate the initial results of the ALL survey. It presents an overview of New Zealanders’ skills in relation to gender and ethnicity, and any changes since 1996.

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

    Date Published: September 2008

  • The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Age and Literacy

    This report is the fourth in a series of four that investigate the initial results of the ALL survey. It presents an overview of New Zealanders’ skills in relation to age, and any changes since 1996.

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

    Date Published: August 2008

  • The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Education, Work and Literacy

    This report presents an overview of New Zealanders’ skills in relation to educational and labour force characteristics and compares results from the 1996 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) with results from the 2006 ALL survey. It was originally published in May 2008 and revised in April 2009. (The original version of this report, published in May 2008, contained errors in Figures 6.1-6.5 and the associated commentary of Chapter 6: Occupation). This current and revised version rectifies these errors.

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

    Date Published: 9 May 2008 (Revised version April 2009)

  • The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey: Overview and International Comparisons

    This report is the first in a series of four that investigate the initial results of the ALL survey. It examines any changes in literacy and numeracy skill between the 1996 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) survey - results collected in New Zealand in 2006. It also compares the results from the New Zealand ALL survey with those from Australia, Canada and the USA.

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

    Date Published: March 2008

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

    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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