ALL (Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey)
The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL), and its predecessor the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). ALL measures the prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.
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 PublicationsThe 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
Adult Literacy in New Zealand: Results from the International Adult Survey
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.
Date Published: 1996
International Sites of Interest
The 2006 Australian ALL Results are available on the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) website.
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
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.
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
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
Adult Foundation Learning This page contains links to a range of material on adult literacy, numeracy, and language.
Downloads / Links
Where to Find Out MoreABS website OECD website Statistics Canada website National Centre for Education
Contact UsFor queries about IALS or ALL 2006 please contact: Paul Satherley
Adult Literacy & Life Skills Survey
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