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Table B.2.02. Average ALL literacy and numeracy scores of 16- to 65-year-olds, by sex, subject, and jurisdiction: 2003
Subject and jurisdiction Total   Male   Female   Male-female
difference in
score points
Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.   Average score s.e.  
Literacy                      
  Bermuda 285 1.3   283 1.6   287 1.9   -5  
  Canada 281 0.6   280 1.2   281 0.9   -1  
  Italy 228 1.6   230 2.1   225 1.7   4 *
  Norway 293 0.8   293 1.1   293 1.2   0  
  Switzerland 274 1.3   278 1.2   271 1.8   7 *
  United States 269 1.4   269 1.9   270 1.6   -1  
                         
Numeracy                      
  Bermuda 270 1.5   276 1.6   264 2.4   12 *
  Canada 272 0.8   280 1.5   265 0.9   15 *
  Italy 233 1.3   239 1.7   228 1.8   11 *
  Norway 285 1.0   292 1.4   277 1.3   15 *
  Switzerland 290 1.0   298 1.2   282 1.5   16 *
  United States 261 1.6   269 2.1   254 1.9   15 *
* Difference in score points is statistically significant (p <.05).  
NOTE: Participants were scored on a 500-point scale. The male-female score point difference is calculated by subtracting the average scores of females from the average scores of males. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant. Standard error is noted by s.e. Detail may not sum to total because of rounding.  
SOURCE: Data from Statistics Canada and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL), 2003. Lemke, M., Miller, D., Johnston, J., Krenzke, T., Alvarez-Rojas, L., Kastberg, D., and Jocelyn, L. (2005). Highlights From the 2003 International Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL) - (Revised) (NCES 2005-117 Rev), figure 1 and table 3. National Center for Education Statisics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.  
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