The following resources will examine the status of statistics education in schools. Recommendations from experts regarding the teaching of statistics will be presented in short readings and brief videos.
Author: Michael Shaughnessy
Source: The Statistics Teacher Network Newsletter
In this 2-page article, J. Michael Shaughnessy, Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics makes a case for why engaging with and using statistics may be the most important type of quantitative reasoning ability to develop in students. The article appeared in the Statistics Teacher Network newsletter and was first published online.
Watch an informative video of the Expert Panel discussing what is statistics, why statistics should be taught at school and at the college level, and why we should use real data in teaching and learning statistics.
Author: U.S. Census Bureau
In this video, produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, Host, Eric Newburger gives engaging answers to the questions “What is statistics? “Why should we study statistics in schools?
Author: Dung Tran and Hollylynne Lee
Source: The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
This reading can help you distinguish between two types of reasoning, statistical and mathematical. Consider how you might use the description to help choose statistical tasks.
Author: Roxy Peck
This article discusses some fundamental differences between statistics and mathematics focusing on the role of data and especially the role context plays in making sense of the data and communicating results. The author then highlights the importance of communication in AP statistics and provides a rubric for grading open-ended responses and samples of student works underscoring the communication aspect of the responses.
Author: Christine Franklin, Anna Bargagliotti, Catherine Case, Gary Kader, Richard Sheaffer, & Denise Spangler
Source: American Statistical Association
This chapter is an excerpt from the Statistical Education of Teachers document, released in April 2015. This chapter explains how the mathematical practices from the Common Core can be related to practices in statistics.
Source: TED talks
This brief video features Dr. Arthur Benjamin as he makes an argument why all high students should be learning statistics, rather than a curriculum aimed at calculus as the summit experience.
Author: Deepak Kumar
Source: This is Statistics
In this video, a lead data scientist talks about the use of statistics in careers in data science.
Author: Randall Pruim
Source: Amstatnews — The Membership Magazine of the American Statistical Association
In this brief article, Randall Pruim discusses how statistics education has changed over the past 10 years and shares his perspective on looking forward to prepare students to be data literate in a world of big data.
In this video, hear from the experts as they describe their hopes for the future in statistics education.
In this video, hear from the experts as they give one piece of advice for how teachers can improve their teaching of statistics.