adults have sufficient numeracy skills to make calculations with whole numbers and percentages, estimate numbers or quantity, and interpret simple statistics in text or tables— numeracy skills at level 2 or above in PIAAC (OECD ). In contrast, nearly one in three U.S. adults (30 percent) has difficulty completing such tasks in English . The mission of the Adult Numeracy Network (ANN): "We are a community dedicated to quality mathematics instruction at the adult level. We support each other, we encourage collaboration and leadership, and we influence policy and practice in adult math instruction.".
Nov 13, · The U.S. Department of Education collects and reports data adult literacy and numeracy skills. In , they published the only national data on health literacy skills. These studies found that adults who self-report the worst health also have the most . Improved numeracy skills lead to better paid jobs, greater well-being and a less stressful life. Numeracy skills are not just for scientists, accountants and the tax man, many professions require at least a basic level of understanding when it comes to numeracy and mathematics.
The SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center is managed by the Adult Numeracy Center at TERC, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our center provides high-quality professional development (PD) so that teachers can better help adult learners understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how learners can use this knowledge to improve . A new adult numeracy core curriculum is needed. This should put at its centre the very concept of being numerate – that is, being able to use maths to solve everyday problems, make decisions and reason, knowing which maths to use and being ready to persist with different approaches.