ASA INVOLVEMENT IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS COMPETITIONS

Don Bentley
Pomona College

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 3, Number 2 (Summer 1997)


For a number of years, the ASA has been a co-sponsor of the high school American Mathematics Competitions. These competitions form the selection process for the United States Mathematics Olympiad team. The first in the series of exams is the AHSME (American High School Mathematics Exam) which is taken by over 600,000 self-selected high school students each year. The top performers on this exam are invited to participate in the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Exam) from which the top group is invited to take a third exam, the AMO (American Mathematics Olympiad). On the basis of their performance on these exams, a six person team is selected to represent the United States in the International Mathematics Olympiad. A non-competitive examination is also run for junior high school students.

To match the recent trend in our high school mathematics programs, the competition committees would like to put more emphasis on statistics. To implement this, there is a need for creative and original statistics questions. Those involved in the competition are looking forward to the summer of 2001 when the United States will serve as host to the international competitions. Over the next several years, there will be a call by the host committee for support from persons and corporations.

The ASA representative on the Committee on American Mathematics Competitions is:
Don Bentley
Dept of Mathematics
Pomona College
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 607-2941
dbentley@pomona.edu.


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