Assessing ALLS vs ACSF

If you’re familiar with adult language, literacy and numeracy concepts then NCVER needs your help!

Language, literacy and numeracy are critical for greater workforce participation, productivity and social inclusion. Being able to measure how skilled people are, and any changes in their level of skill, is important for getting a sense of how well language, literacy and numeracy programs are working for learners.

The federal government uses the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALLS) survey to measure an outcome in the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development. But this data is only obtained every 10 years. The Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) is also being used to provide information on adults’ literacy and numeracy skills in a range of contexts.

Both the ALLS and ACSF have five performance levels and it’s sometimes assumed that these levels are equivalent. But are they? The National Centre for Vocational Education Research, together with Victoria University and Educational Measurement Solutions are running a short online survey to find out whether the levels are equivalent.

They’re asking teachers/tutors/lecturers familiar with adult literacy and numeracy concepts to anonymously rate a student, whose literacy and/or numeracy levels are most familiar to them, against statements and sample tasks aligned with the ACSF and ALLS frameworks.

Every completed survey has a chance to win one of six Apple iPads (3rd generation 32GB Wi-Fi) valued at $649 (RRP) each. Go to to enter the survey. You can also access the survey from the NCVER web site: go to the ‘Quick Links’ section.

Contact: Michelle Circelli

Senior Research Officer, Research Management Branch

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

T +61 8 8230 8646 F +61 8 8212 3436 E


And of course, you are welcome to post your comments here about your  experience of the survey or even about the likelihood that ALLS and ACSF can be successfully equated!


Certificate 1 in Entry to General Education Moderation

The Certificate 1 in Entry to General Education (EGE) was recently reaccredited.

Moderation meetings will be held for this curriculum in semester 1 and 2 during 2012. They will be coordinated by the Department of Corrective Services via teleconference and held in February and August. Specific dates are yet to be set.

Please contact Helena Zielinska on 08 6250 9214 if you would like to attend.