What is Numeracy?

To be numerate is to use mathematical ideas effectively to participate in daily life and make sense of the world. It incorporates the use of numerical, spatial, graphical, statistical and algebraic concepts and skills in a variety of contexts and involves the critical evaluation, interpretation, application and communication of mathematical information in a range of practical situations (Numeracy K-12 Policy, Department of Education).

Numeracy involves students recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in many contexts. It involves choosing the mathematics to use, applying mathematical skills and evaluating their use to solve problems in the world around us. Highly numerate students interpret, apply and evaluate mathematical strategies, and communicate mathematical reasoning in real world situations.