PACIFIC DEFINITION OF NUMERACY:
Knowledge and skills necessary to empower a person to to be able to use mathematical processes, as well as the language of mathematics, for a variety of purposes, with respect to everyday life.
A numerate person is empowered to:
- develop strong number sense through application of knowledge, skills, concepts and processes;
- communicate using the language of mathematics to share information and ideas;
- make connections within and outside of mathematics contexts;
- solve problems by employing creative, strategic and critical thinking to reason mathematically and justify findings; and
- apply knowledge to investigate, interpret, explain and make sense of the world in which they live.
The numeracy status of a person between the ages of 6 to 14 years will be determined nationally and regionally (if necessary) by referencing his/her numeracy skills to the benchmarks indicators outlined below.
However a person is considered numerate if he/she has completed four years of formal education and has met the numeracy benchmark outlined for Year 4.