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ALL (Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey)

Summary

This is the home page for the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL), and its predecessor IALS (International Adult Literacy Survey).

Summary

For information about the individual adult literacy survey cycles, publications and frequently asked questions please refer to the 'Downloads/Links' box on the right.  For information about international ALL statistics and publications please refer to the 'Where to Find Out More' box on the right.

New Zealand participated in the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) in 2006. ALL measures the prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills of a representative sample of respondents aged 16-65 from participating countries. ALL built on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) which was undertaken in 24 countries - including New Zealand - in 1996.

ALL Publications

The Ministry of Education has published a number of research reports based on the 2006 assessment, which are available from the ALL publication home page.

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In 2005, the OECD and Statistics Canada published a comparative ALL report, Learning a Living.  This report covered the seven countries that had participated in ALL up till then.  In December 2011, the OECD and Statistics Canada published a further report, Literacy for Life which added in four further countries including New Zealand and Australia.

IALS 1996 Publication

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Adult Literacy in New Zealand: Results from the International Adult Survey
Indicator Icon Adult Literacy in New Zealand: Results from the International Adult Literacy Survey 

The information in this report provides a summary of the preliminary findings from a survey of adult literacy in New Zealand. The survey was conducted in New Zealand in March 1996, as part of a series of international surveys known as the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). Twenty-four countries participated in IALS.

Author: Maurice Walker, Karl Udy, Nicholas Pole, Steve May, Glen Chamberlain & Fiona Sturrock
Date Published: 1996

International Sites of Interest

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Australian Bureau of Statistics
The 2006 Australian ALL Results are available on the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) website.




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OECD
The OECD website has a number of IALS, ALL and adult literacy related publications.  Either browse by topic (Education) or search using the phrase Adult Literacy. The OECD's Programme for the International Assessment of
Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a new initiative to assess adult skills across countries. PIAAC data collection is underway in 2011/12.

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Statistics Canada
The Statistics Canada website has a number of IALS, ALL, and adult literacy related publications. Either browse by subject (People > Education) or search using the phrase Adult Literacy.


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National Centre for Education Statistics
The National Centre for Education Statistics website has an Adult Literacy and Life Skills homepage.



Further Information on Adult Literacy

Getting Results in Literacy and Numeracy

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National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults
The Tertiary Education Commission's paper Getting  Results in Literacy and Numeracy provides an update of what has been achieved to date and outlines the next steps for literacy and numeracy in the tertiary education sector.

The Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Strategy

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The Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Strategy has been developed to co-ordinate the government’s approach to adult ESOL in New Zealand. The Strategy articulates what is needed for effective adult ESOL provision that matches learner needs.

Adult Foundation Learning This page contains links to a range of material on adult literacy, numeracy, and language.

Downloads / Links

Where to Find Out More

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Contact Us

For queries about IALS or ALL 2006 please contact:

Paul Satherley
Project Manager
Adult Literacy & Life Skills Survey
Research Division
Ministry of Education
P O Box 1666
Wellington 6140

Email: Adult Literacy & Life Skills Survey
DDI: +64 4 463 2893
Fax: +64 4 463 8312

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