The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) hosts this Interactive Prose Literacy Map
that shows levels of prose literacy in communities across the country.
Using data from the 2006 Census and the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (IALLSS), this map shows which areas of the country have higher and lower prose literacy rates. According to IALLSS, literacy is may be ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. Level 1 literacy indicates very poor skills, while 5 indicates very high skills.
CCL states that the map is “is an innovative look at the prose literacy landscape across Canada’s cities, towns, communities and neighbourhoods. In the map prose literacy is represented in two ways; 1) by average adult prose literacy scores (on a scale of 0 – 500), or 2) by regions of lower literacy. The latter depicts the proportion of the population that scored at the OECD’s prose-literacy Level 2 or below.”
This is my pick for the “cool tool” of the week for literacy in Canada. Go check it out.
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.