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Statistics and K-12 in the United States: We’ve Come a Long Way!

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
  • 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
  • NH 078

Christine Franklin, Professor of Statistics, University of Georgia


This presentation is open to the public, and we especially invite anyone interested in K-12 statistics education, including teachers, parents, and school administrators to attend.  Please RSVP to help us in our planning.


The United States is realizing the need to achieve a higher level of quantitative literacy for its high school graduates to prepare them to thrive in the contemporary world. Given the prevalence of statistics in both the media and the workplace, individuals who aspire to a wide range of positions and careers require a certain level of statistical literacy. Because of the emphasis on data and statistical understanding, it is crucial for us as educators to consider how we can prepare a statistically literate population.  Students must acquire an adequate level of statistical literacy through their education beginning in the first grade of education.

The Common Core State Standards for K-12 mathematics (which include statistics) have been adopted by most states and the District of Columbia. These national standards for the teaching of statistics and probability range from counting the number in each category to determining statistical significance through the use of simulation and randomization tests.

This presentation will give a brief history of K-12 statistics education in the U.S., provide an overview of the statistics and probability content of the common core standards and resources that support the K-12 standards in statistics, describe the knowledge and preparation needed by future and current K–12 teachers who will be teaching using these standards, and explore best practices for the assessment of statistics and the impact of high stakes national tests.


Christine (Chris) Franklin is the Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in Statistics at the University of Georgia and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has been recognized with numerous teaching and advising awards at UGA. She is the co-author of an Introductory Statistics textbook with Alan Agresti (Pearson 2012), co-author of the textbook Statistics Reasoning in Sports with Josh Tabor (Freeman 2012) and has published more than 50 journal articles. Chris was the lead writer for the American Statistical Association Pre-K-12 Guidelines for the Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Framework. She chaired the writing team of the recent ASA Statistical Education of Teachers (SET) report.

Chris completed her term serving as the Advanced Placement Statistics Chief Reader in July 2009. She has been honored nationally by her peers with the Mu Sigma Rho National Statistical Education Award, the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) biennial lifetime achievement award, and the ASA Founders Award. She is a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar and recently completed spending six months at the University of Auckland, New Zealand working with statistics educators on the project, “Implementing K-12 Statistics Standards: Comparing Practices in New Zealand and the United States”.

Sponsorship:  This presentation is made possible by the Vos Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics.

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