Information Series #1: Literacy in the Northwest Territories (2005)

Results from IALSS

The International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) offers a snapshot of how well adults understand and use printed information at home, at work and in the community. In 2003, the IALSS for the first time measured literacy proficiency among all provinces and territories in Canada.

In this pamphlet, the authors focus on the importance of the IALLSS findings for the people of the Northwest Territories specifically, as well as for all Canadians. They note that even though the NWT’s score was around the Canadian average, those results still mean that four out of 10 people have low literacy skills, and that poses serious literacy challenges.

In addition, the authors point out that in all three of Canada’s territories, non-Aboriginal people performed significantly better than their Aboriginal counterparts.

The pamphlet also includes information about how the IALSS was conducted and how skills are defined.

This document is one of two that discuss the significance of the IALSS results for the Northwest Territories. To look at the other document, click here:

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