Reading was assessed as part of an international study through the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey that is conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The purpose of this brief report is to analyse the results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey as a guide for future emphasis in adult training and labour market programs.
Background to the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey
The Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey
measures the skills of adult populations within and across a number of participating Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
They were not able to handle questions at the Intermediate Level--for example those that asked them to "calculate the total cost of ordering specific office supplies from a catalog." Furthermore, on the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey
, adults in other countries such as Switzerland and Norway outperformed American adults in quantitative literacy.
For further results from ALL, see Learning a Living: First Results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey
(Statistics Canada and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 2005).