ALL Data Services
New Zealand participated in the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) in 2006.
ALL measured 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.
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
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.