Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
As part of the STEM Unit’s vision to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused and career-minded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, the state mathematics team supports the development of numerate students who reason and problem solve with mathematics. Quantitative literacy, or numeracy, is the ability to use numbers and solve problems in real life and is a critical skill to function in the 21st century society. A strong foundation in mathematics is the center of STEM education and provides a way to describe and reason about models of real-world phenomena. http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/divisions/learning-services/curriculum-support/stem-sciences-technologies-engineering-and-mathematics/mathematics
Quantitative Literacy: A Powerful Math Class
It has always been an essential element for individuals to have the capacity to perform arithmetic and algebraic functions, however, in today's ever-growing global and technological society, doing calculations is not enough. An individual's capacity to identify and understand quantitative situations, reason quantitatively, and communicate about the role of mathematics plays in the world is essential. Quantitative literacy is more than just a watered-down, arithmetic skills, euphemism for statistics class; it is a habit of mind and as fundamental of language literacy. The capacity to deal effectively with the quantitative aspects of life is called by many different names, among them quantitative literacy, numeracy, mathematical literacy, quantitative reasoning or sometimes just plain "mathematics."
College Course: A strong emphasis should be placed on critical thinking, mathematical modeling, and technology. The majority of the course must include topics from general concepts of functions. Projects, group work, reading, and writing should be included.