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Useful Web Sites for Teachers
With so many web sites available, it is hard for teachers of statistics to select those that are most useful. The following is a compilation of information by members of the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. You may wish to visit these sites and see which are appropriate for your teaching level.
Common Core Statistics and Probability Resources
The Joint Committee of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is committed to supporting the work of K-12 teachers. Carol Joyce Blumberg with some assistance from Roxy Peck and Adam Molnar and oversight by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee created a new resource (www.amstat.org/education/pdfs/CommonCoreResources.pdf) that provides sources of lesson plans and learning activities to support the teaching of statistics and probability as covered by the Common Core State Standards. The document includes ASA, NCTM, and other resources including lesson plans, applets, videos, data sources, media, technology, teacher preparation materials, assessment resources, and more.
Statistics Education Web (STEW) is a free, online bank of peer-reviewed lesson plans for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. Lesson plans showcase the use of statistical methods and ideas in science and mathematics based on the framework and levels in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework (www.amstat.org/education/gaise) and Common Core State Standards.
Census at School - U.S. is a free international classroom project that engages students in grades 4 to 12 in statistical problemsolving using their own real data. Students complete an online survey, analyze their class census results, and compare their class with random samples of students in the United States and abroad.
K-12 Statistics Education Webinars The American Statistical Association offers free webinars on K-12 statistics education topics. This series was developed as part of the follow-up activities for the Meeting Within a Meeting (MWM) Statistics Workshop for Math and Science Teachers (www.amstat.org/education/mwm).
Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework Participants in the GAISE project created recommendations and a curriculum framework with examples for teaching statistics in the pre-K-12 years.
The Chance Project has resources that emphasize using current news media as motivation for studying issues in probability and statistics. A highlight of the web site is the monthly Chance News (which now functions as a wiki), abstracting recent articles from newspapers and magazines with suggestions for pedagogical uses.
CAUSEweb, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, has helpful resources for teaching an introductory statistics course, including class examples, labs, homework assignments, data sets, cartoons, songs, jokes, and quotes. This site also houses information about the biennial U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics and the Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Illuminations is a repository of lesson plans, online activities, and connections to the NCTM Standards.
Journal of Statistics Education is a free, online, international journal focusing on the teaching and learning of statistics. This site also contains links to several statistical education organizations, newsletters, discussion groups and the JSE Dataset Archives.
ARTIST (Assessment Resource Tools for Improving Statistical Thinking) has field tested assessment inventory scales on specific topics in probability and statistics, as well as a searchable item database that allows teachers to build their own assessments.
LOCUS is an NSF Funded project focused on developing assessments of statistical understanding across levels of development as identified in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE). The intent of these assessments is to provide teachers, educational leaders, assessment specialists, and researchers with a valid and reliable assessment of conceptual understanding in statistics consistent with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Project-SET is a NSF funded project that aims to develop innovative curricular materials to enhance the ability of teachers to foster students' statistical learning.
Statistics Teacher Network is a newsletter published three times a year by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for grades K-12.
Bridging the Gap Between Common Core State Standards and Teaching Statistics is a collection of 20 investigations for the elementary and middle-school classroom.
Making Sense of Statistical Studies (MSSS) offers 15 hands-on investigations that provide students with valuable experience in designing and analyzing statistical studies.
CHANCE is a quarterly magazine for people interested in the analysis of data and includes entertaining articles about the world of statistics.
Significance is a quarterly magazine that demonstrates, in an entertaining and thought-provoking way, the practical use of statistics in all walks of life and shows how statistics benefits society.
Statistical Significance (StatSig) Series highlights the contributions statisticians make to society.
Stats 101 Toolkit provides a series of case studies that show statistics in action. Each case starts with a real-world problem and leads the reader through the steps taken to explore the problem, highlighting the techniques used in introductory classes.
The World of Statistics offers free international statistics education resources from around the world
Data Sources and Archives
DASL (Dataset and Story Library) is a collection of data sets and related documentation (stories) that may be searched by data subject or statistical technique. A great place to visit for class examples, this site is one of the web's premier resources for data intended for use in statistics instruction.
FedStats is billed as the "one-stop shopping source" for government data, with links to more than 70 federal agencies. Be sure to try the A to Z link.
UCLA Statistics Case Studies
Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics houses an online statistics textbook, as well as java simulations and interesting case studies.
Engage NY offers resources to support Common Core Statistics Standards.
Stats + Stories are podcasts about the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.
Careers in Statistics
Visit the ASA's Career Center for information about career opportunities in statistics.