Washington Statistical Society on Meetup

Title: Statistics Education as Part of the Common Core: What, Why, and How?

  • Speaker: Douglas Tyson, Central York High School, York, PA
  • Chair: Elizabeth Johnson, George Mason University
  • Date/Time: October 8, 2014, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. with an informal reception from 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
  • Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Room 1
  • Sponsor: WSS Statistics Education program
  • Point of Contact: Carol Joyce Blumberg, cblumberg@gmail.com
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Schools need to teach statistical literacy as a part of a core mission to develop educated and informed citizens. Statistics, as an academic discipline, involves reasoning in the face of uncertainty and understanding random processes. This talk will address the broad questions of what statistics we should teach in secondary schools, why we should teach it, and how we should teach it.

In particular, the Common Core State Standards for Statistics are an attempt to address the need for statistical literacy in our society. This presentation will reveal the statistics and probability content in the Common Core standards and how they answer questions of what, why, and how. Activities that can be used to address the Common Core standards will be demonstrated.