Teaching Statistics in High School

Teaching AP Statistics Part I: Descriptive Statistics and Probability

Welcome to Math Teacher Link Module 6A. This is a Web-based, technology-intensive course for in-service teachers wishing to update and/or review topics in statistics for AP Statistics courses at the high school level. Module 6A and 6B together cover topics in a full-year course in AP Statistics; module 6A covers descriptive statistics and probability, and Module 6B covers inferential statistics.

The primary focus is teaching statistics and improving the quality of instruction by using assistive technology. Both the content of statistics and effective instructional strategies reflect the NCTM Standards for Curriculum and for Teaching and the College Board AP Statistics course Description.

This module is composed of the following six units:

• Unit 1: Exploring Data: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics and Overview of Statistics Websites

• Unit 2: Statistical Tables and Graphs

• Unit 3: Summarizing Data: Centers and Spreads

• Unit 4: Linear Relationships: Regression and Correlation

• Unit 5: Probability and Expected Value

• Unit 6: Probability Distributions

Participants will complete one unit at a time, but most complete all six units to earn credit for this module.

Credit: 4 graduate semester hrs.

The units are written purposely brief, allowing the enrollee to research and self-study unfamiliar topics in depth, and minimize time spent on understood topics. Enrollees are expected to do a significant amount of independent study to complete this course.

Common Core Standards for Mathemtical Practice that are emphasized include:

  • 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • 3. Construct viable arguments.
  • 4. Model with mathematics.
  • 5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • 6. Attend to precision.

Teaching AP Statistics Part I: Descriptive Statistics and Probability was originally written by Ken Travers and Jeremy Bartusch, revised in 2002 by Amy Trefzger, and revised again in 2012 by Carol Castellon.

Please send questions or comments to: statistics@mtl.math.uiuc.edu