The Statistics Teacher Network is a newsletter published twice a year by the American Statistical
Association - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Joint
Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12.
We need your letter, announcements, articles, and information about
what is happening in statistics education!
Angela L. E. Walmsley, Northeastern University
Derek Webb, Bemidji State University
Doug Rush, Saint Louis University
Jessica Cohen, Western Washington University
Rebecca Pierce, Ball State University
A BRIEF HISTORY
In 1967, the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics
and Probability for grades K-12 was created by the American Statistical
Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
It was given four responsibilities:
- to support a newsletter, The Statistics Teacher Network, for communication
with precollege teachers.
- to assist in securing funding to support curriuclum efforts for
- to develop strategies to promote statistics and probability in the
- to provide leadership for the inclusion of statistics and probability
in assessment and curriculum efforts.
The committee consists of 7 members: 3 appointed by ASA, 3 by NCTM,
and one ASA staff person (Assistant Director K-16 Education Programs).
Fred Mosteller was the first chair. Under his leadership, two publications
were created: a four volume series called Statistics by Example (no
longer in print); and, the book ``Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown''
edited by Judith Tanur (Wadsworth 1989, 3rd ed.).
In the 1980's, along with providing input to the creation of the NCTM
Curriculum Standards of 1989, the Joint Committee created the highly
successful project of five volumes of hands-on probability and statistics
called Quantitative Literacy. Other projects followed although not
directed by the Joint Committee. They included Elementary Quantitative
Literacy, Data Driven Mathematics, and Science Education and Quantitative
Literacy. The committee also served in an advisory capacity in various
facets of the creation of Advanced Placement Statistics (first examination,
May 1997). The Joint Committee was directly responsible for the creation
of the American Statistical Project Competition in 1987, and in the
late 1990's also became responsible for the American Statistical Poster
Competition that was started in 1990.
As stated above, one of the Joint Committee's initial responsibilities
was to create a newsletter for precollege teachers. The first issue
of the "Statistics Teacher Network'' newsletter (commonly referred
to as simply "STN'') appeared in September 1982 with Ann Watkins
as editor. Beth Bryan took over the reigns three years later with issue
10, followed by Jack Kinney in December 1988 with issue 19. Jerry Moreno
became editor with issue 31, fall 1992, and continued through issue
62 in winter 2003. Issues 63-71 were under the leadership of Beth Lazerick.
The format of STN changed from hard copy to electronic with issue 72
along with having four editors: Derek Webb, chief editor, and associate
editors Larry Peterson, Rebecca Pierce, and Angie Walmsley.
STN is a free publication whose purpose is to keep grades K-12 teachers
informed of statistical workshops, programs, and reviews of books, software,
and calculators. In addition, articles are included that describe statistical
activities that have been successful in the classroom. Contributors
come from all levels of statistical expertise; the editor is responsible
for collecting all appropriate information to be printed.
If you want to be informed of when future editions of STN are available,
please subscribe to our new STN e-mail list by sending an e-mail message
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only the list
moderator will send out announcements to the list when new STN issues
are available online. We will no longer be mailing paper copies of
STN or postcards announcing new online STN issues.
Contact Angela Walmsley for further information, including volunteering to write or review articles at email@example.com.