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Background information on IALS as it relates to the Assessment Resource Project

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on 21 September 2010

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The International Adult Literacy Survey IALS A survey used to rate abilities in reading prose, document use and numeracy
Conducted in multiple countries
Most recent survey in Canada is from 2003
Test takers fall into one of 5 levels along a continuum: Level 1: capable of reading short text with common vocabulary and locating literal information with no distracting information Level 2: capable of locating literal inforamtion with small distractors present, using low-level inference, and simple comparison or contrast of two pieces of information Level 3: capable of literal or synonymous matching, low-level inference, integrating information from dense text, and generating responses Level 4: capable of integrating information from complex text, complex integration of information, and dealing with conditional information Level 5: capable of searching dense text with multiple distractors, using specialized knowledge, and high-level text-based inferences What is IALS? How did Canada stack up? IALS measured proficiency at five different levels (1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest) within each of the three literacy types. Here is how Canadians, aged 16 and older, scored in prose literacy:

•22% of Canadians are at level 1. People at this level have difficulty reading and have few basic skills or strategies for decoding and working with text. Generally, they are aware that they have a literacy problem.

•26% of Canadians are at level 2. These are people with limited skills who read but do not read well enough. Canadians at this level can deal only with material that is simple and clearly laid out. They often do not recognize their limitations.

•33% of Canadians are at level 3. They can read well but may have problems with more complex tasks. This level is considered by many countries to be the minimum for successful participation in society.

•20% of Canadians are at levels 4 or 5. People at these levels have strong literacy skills, including a wide range of reading skills and many strategies for dealing with complex materials. These Canadians can meet most reading demands and can handle new reading challenges.

found on: http://www2.literacy.bc.ca/facts/inCanada.htm = 48% of people are level 2 or below = 48% of people do not have the skills to do their job What does this look like? The Assessment Resource Project Our aim is to create a resource that can be used by instructors in the classroom to help move learners from high-level 1 to low-level 3 in six steps along the continuum. We have segmented these levels into finer parts to focus on helping learners practice and improve very specific reading strategies for both prose and document use We are creating 6 levels of tests based on reading the everyday - items that your learners will come across in their homes, communities and workplaces. For more information contact Deanna Jager: djager@bowvalleycollege.ca
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