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Beyond AP Statistics Workshop a Success

1 October 2011 No Comment
Rebecca Nichols, ASA Acting Director of Education, and Roxy Peck, BAPS Program Chair

    The American Statistical Association (ASA)/National Council of Teachers (NCTM) of Mathematics Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability sponsored a Beyond AP Statistics (BAPS) workshop during the annual Joint Statistical Meetings in Miami Beach, Florida, on August 3. The BAPS workshop is offered for experienced AP Statistics teachers and consists of enrichment material just beyond the basic AP syllabus.

    Teacher Resource
    Flyers about K-12 statistics education programs and resources to share with your local schools are available on the ASA website.

    Twenty-five teachers attended the full-day workshop, designed to strengthen and expand teachers’ statistics backgrounds. The brainchild of former ASA/NCTM Joint Committee chair Jim Matis, BAPS has been offered at JSM for the past decade. This year’s BAPS workshop, organized by Roxy Peck of Cal Poly, was divided into four sessions led by the following statisticians:

    • Linda Young, University of Florida – Experimental Design
    • Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University – What Do We Do When Assumptions Are Not Met?
    • Allan Rossman and Beth Chance, Cal Poly – Randomization Tests for Paired and Categorical Data
    • Tom Short, John Carroll University – Logistic Regression

    ASA President Nancy Geller also welcomed and spoke to the BAPS attendees.

    Allan Rossman and Beth Chance present material just beyond the AP Statistics syllabus to participants of the Beyond AP Statistics Workshop.

    Allan Rossman and Beth Chance present material just beyond the AP Statistics syllabus to participants of the Beyond AP Statistics Workshop.

    Participants were given a pass to attend the JSM exhibit hall and a certificate of participation from the American Statistical Association certifying professional development hours. Optional 0.5 graduate credit hours are also available through Adams State College. Course attendees did not need to register for the Joint Statistical Meetings to participate in the BAPS workshop, although there was a discount available for K–12 teachers. Some BAPS participants opted to also attend the high-school sessions of the Meeting Within a Meeting (MWM) Statistics Workshop for Math and Science Teachers on August 2.

    BAPS 2012 will take place in San Diego, California, jointly with JSM. Do you know AP Statistics teachers who are interested in expanding their statistics knowledge? If so, please encourage them to register. Chapters also are encouraged to consider sponsoring one or more teachers. The registration process will begin in March of 2012 and questions should be directed to Rebecca Nichols, ASA acting director of education, at rebecca@amstat.org or (703) 684-1221, Ext. 1877.

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