Measures of adult literacy and numeracy Publications
This paper explores the relationship between the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey and the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool. Exploring the relationship between these two measures can give us a clearer understanding of the Assessment Tool results by comparing the results with internationally referenced information.
Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.
Date Published: June 2014
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- literacy and numeracy proficiency can be quantified
- it is meaningful to say that one person has more proficiency than another person
- the amount of proficiency a person has is reasonably stable across time and place (i.e. it won’t be different for the same person a day later or in a different location, unlike measures such as happiness or cash in the bank)
- a person can demonstrate their proficiency by responding to a range of test items of varying difficulty
- the responses to the test items reflect differences in literacy and numeracy proficiency, rather than other factors, such as linguistic or cultural understanding.