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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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