Literacy statistics

Adult and Youth Literacy (2013)

UIS Fact Sheet, September 2013 - No.26

This fact sheet presents literacy data as of September 2013 from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), which collects data on youth and adult literacy through its annual survey on literacy and educational attainment.

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2014-04-25

Flooded with Thoughts on Literacy While Bailing out in Calgary (2013)

In this paper, the author discusses the lessons about literacy she acquired while cleaning up after the disastrous flooding in Alberta in the summer of 2013.

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2014-04-09

Literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills – Foundation skills for a knowledge-based economy (2005)

Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, June 2005, Vol. 2 No. 2

While Canada has made progress on a number of educational fronts, recent results from the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) show there is little room for complacency, according to the authors of this Statistics Canada analysis.

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2013-04-15

Justice Literacy Workshop – Instructor's Handbook (2006)

This handbook is part of a workshop designed to help justice and social services practitioners become more aware of the challenges that people with limited literacy skills face when they come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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2013-02-04

Literacy and Essential Skills in Saskatchewan: Environmental Scan 2012 (2012)

The goal of this report is to provide context for understanding the current state of Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) in the province of Saskatchewan. The author discusses such issues as existing and emerging skill shortages; increasing numbers of people seeking English as a Second Language (ESL) training; the growing Aboriginal population and its literacy needs; and other demographic challenges faced by the province.

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2013-01-31

Plain Language Summaries: Catching Up With The Swedes - Probing the Canada-Sweden Literacy Gap (2007)

This brief document summarizes a Statistics Canada study that attempted to determine why the incidence of low literacy is much higher in Canada that it is in Sweden.

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2012-12-17

Plain Language Summaries: Literacy scores, human capital and growth across fourteen OECD countries (2008)

This brief document offers a summary of a study that used data from the 1994 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) as the basis for measuring the quality of the investment in education within an analysis of economic growth for 14 countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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2012-12-03

Literacy and Essential Skills in Ontario (2012)

In June 2009, Essential Skills Ontario, then called the Ontario Literacy Coalition, published a document entitled “Literacy in Ontario.” This document updates the 2009 publication, incorporating the most recent information available on literacy and Essential Skills programming trend data.

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2012-11-22

The Big Picture: Literacy in Canada (2012)

Prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN), this presentation offers a comprehensive overview of the state of literacy in Canada. It is divided into four sections: literacy in Canada; literacy facts; challenges and barriers; and the role of the CLLN.

Among the specific topics dealt with are the nature of literacy; the nine Essential Skills; family literacy; and the literacy needs of immigrants.

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2012-11-09

Fact Sheet - Literacy in Canada and Alberta (2012)

This fact sheet brings together information from a variety of sources to provide a snapshot of literacy in Canada generally and in Alberta in particular.

The authors note that while Alberta teenagers tend to score better on tests of literacy skills than their counterparts in other parts of Canada, such skills can only be retained in adulthood if they are used regularly in the home, workplace and community.

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2012-11-02

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