K-12 Literacy and Numeracy Framework v.1.0

Rocky View Schools K-12 Literacy and Numeracy Framework

At Rocky View Schools literacy and numeracy are foundational to all student learning. We believe all students have the ability to reach their potential by developing competencies of engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit (Ministerial Order #001, 2013).

Definition of Literacy

Literacy is the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with language* to acquire, construct and communicate meaning in all aspects of daily living (Alberta Education, 2015).

Literacy is foundational for all learning, making sense of the world and communicating with others.

Literacy is more than the ability to read and write.  It involves the knowledge, skills and abilities—the competencies—that enable individuals to think critically, communicate effectively, deal with change and solve problems in a variety of contexts to achieve their personal goals, develop their knowledge and potential, and participate fully in society (Government of Alberta,  p. 6).

*Language is a socially and culturally constructed system of communication

Definition of Numeracy

Numeracy is the ability, confidence and willingness to engage with quantitative* or spatial† information to make informed decisions in all aspects of daily living (Alberta Education, 2015).

An information and technology-based society requires individuals who are able to think critically about complex issues, analyze and adapt to new situations, solve problems of various kinds, and communicate their thinking effectively.

“Numeracy, like writing, must permeate the curriculum”. When it does, “it will enhance students’ understanding of all subjects and their capacity to lead informed lives” (Steen, 2001, p. 115).

*Quantitative information is information that can be measured and expressed as an amount. †Spatial information is the physical location of objects or the relationship between objects.

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