## What is Math Literacy?

## Math literacy is....

More than facts and procedures just as language literacy is more than reading and writing. Without the ability to acquire meaning through reading or convey meaning through writing, an individual would not be considered literate. Similarly, the ability to fit a mathematical model to a problem or choose and apply an appropriate procedure, an individual would not be considered mathematically literate.

Students develop mathematical literacy by being immersed in and engaged in doing mathematics, not just by performing procedures, but also by exploring mathematics in contexts and problems that make the procedures useful.

Students develop mathematical literacy by being immersed in and engaged in doing mathematics, not just by performing procedures, but also by exploring mathematics in contexts and problems that make the procedures useful.