I am glad to know that you are interested in AP-Statistics and Edstat-l.
You may already be in contact with statistician Roger Kirk at Baylor. Perhaps you know Bill Lamkin in Ed. Psy. at Baylor.
I am trying to collect an email list of Texas folks who are interested in AP-Statistics. I would like to know of anyone in Texas who would like to receive information related to AP-Statistics.
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2. The last message I posted on the TENET.EDU newsgroup - "educator.tenet.AP-statistics".
3. A copy of a paper related to AP-Statistics that was printed in a recent issue of LINK, a publication of the American Statistical Association.
I am sending this to the list since some subscribers may be interested in what we are doing in San Antonio. It may be "more than you (or anyone else) want to know".
-- Joe *********************************************************************** * Joe Ward 167 East Arrowhead Dr. * * Health Careers High School San Antonio, TX 78228-2402 * * Phone: 210-433-6575 * * firstname.lastname@example.org * *********************************************************************** 1. MORE DETAILS ABOUT EDSTAT-L -- the reply to my subscription in '93.
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Announcing a Meeting of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in association with the Alamo District Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ADCTM) and the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering (ARASE)
Subject: Cruisin' The Road to AP-Statistics- Focusing on the Use of Calculators and Computers in the Advanced Placement Statistics Course
When: Wednesday, September 25, 1996 7:00 pm Refreshments and Socializing 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Program
Where: Health Careers High School Library 4646 Hamilton-Wolfe (Hamilton-Wolfe intersects Fredericksburg about 100 yards North of Wurzbach)
Presenters: Laura Niland and Joe Ward
For Whom: Teachers, counselors, school administrators, students, statisticians, parents and other interested persons are encouraged to attend.
There will be Door Prizes of Statistics-Related Materials
Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Courses are now underway in San Antonio and throughout the U.S. The first AP Statistics Examination will be administered by the College Board on May 6, 1997. This first year provides a great opportunity to accelerate interest in statistics and quantitative literacy in our schools.
This meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to not only become more aware of Calculator and Computers aspects of the AP-Statistics Course and Exam, but to establish linkages among teachers, students and practicing statisticians who have volunteered to assist high school students with the planning and data analysis for research projects. San Antonio Statisticians are available to assist students with science fair projects and to work with AP-Statistics teachers. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recognized this increased interest in Statistics by changing the approved Statistics course from one semester to a full year.
Laura Niland is the 1988 Presidential Awardee in Secondary Mathematics for Texas and she teaches AP-Statistics at MacArthur High school. Laura and Joe Ward have conducted workshops in Data Analysis for High School Teachers and Students for several years. These workshops have been supported by the San Antonio Chapter of ASA and other professional organizations.
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Dr. Joe Ward 210-433-6575 email: email@example.com
=================================== 3. Article from LINK published by American Statistical Association
=========================================================================== The Road to Advanced Placement in Statistics
by Norma Ketchum, Chapter Representative
Nandini Kannan, Secretary
Joe Ward, President San Antonio Chapter
The Advanced Placement (AP) Examination in Statistics will be administered by The College Board for the first time on May 6, 1997. "The Road to Advanced Placement in Statistics" describes briefly the essential elements of the AP Statistics Program, the San Antonio Chapter's involvement in this Program and other related activities which helped lead us down this path. We end with a few thoughts for consideration by Chapter members who think they might be interested in "promoting" the AP Statistics Program in their local high schools.
The AP Statistics Program
The AP Program is a cooperative venture among high schools, colleges and the College Board. It consists of 30 college-level courses and examinations in 17 academic disciplines for secondary school students. The examination is recognized in nearly 2,900 U.S. and foreign colleges and universities, which grant credit, appropriate placement, or both to students who perform satisfactorily on AP Examinations.
The newly developed AP Statistics Program offers a course description and examination in statistics to students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus based, college course in statistics. The course description and examination have been prepared by high school and college statistics educators who serve as members of the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee. Copies of the preliminary edition of the AP Statistics Course Description may be obtained from Jim Armstrong (ETS) <firstname.lastname@example.org> or your nearest College Board Regional Office.
As stated in the preliminary AP Statistics Course Description the purpose of the AP Statistics Program is to introduce high school students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The four major themes are:
(1) exploring data: observing patterns and departures from patterns , (2) planning a study: deciding what and how to measure, (3) anticipating patterns in advance: producing models using probability and simulation, (4) statistical inference: confirming models.
The course description addresses the use of technology in AP Statistics by stating that "The fundamental tool of data analysis is the computer...It is the essential tool that makes structured inquiry possible". The development committee indicates that even though graphing calculators will be required, they should not be considered as a replacement for the computer in the teaching of statistics. Furthermore, students will be expected to be familiar with generic computer output to answer some questions on the exam. The AP Statistics Course Description contains an insert with lists of suggested texts and software.
San Antonio Chapter's Road to AP Statistics
Direct involvement of the San Antonio Chapter began in July, 1995 at the AP Statistics Workshop at Trinity University. Both Joe Ward, past Chapter Representative and Laura Niland, a statistics teacher from MacArthur High School and the 1988 Texas Presidential Awardee in Secondary Mathematics, participated in the workshop.
To promote the introduction of AP Statistics in San Antonio area high schools, a joint meeting of our Chapter and the Alamo District Council of Teachers of Mathematics convened at Trinity University in September, 1995. Laura Niland presented an overview of topics in the preliminary edition of the AP Statistics Course Description. The gathering was attended by high school students, parents, high school math teachers, and statisticians from the area. Books, calculators and statistical software were contributed by various vendors as door prizes. Laura has held follow-up meetings with prospective AP Statistics teachers in the area.
The San Antonio Chapter's interaction with local schools began years ago and has continued to grow due to the efforts of many dedicated members. Richard Cooper of Trinity University has taught statistics and probability to high school students in their third year of the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP). TexPrep is a summer intervention program for talented under represented minority students coordinated by Manuel Berriozabal of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Every summer since 1993 the Chapter has sponsored a Student-Teacher Cooperative Program which focuses on application of statistics and computers for improving the research projects of students and their mentor teachers. Joe Ward and Laura Niland conduct this summer program that strives to bring statisticians, students and teachers together. These interactions enhance student projects, many times leading to recognition at science fair competitions.
Our Chapter's involvement with secondary students accelerated when, in 1989, Joe Ward was appointed by the president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to serve on the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. After sponsoring a statistics and computer workshop for students and teachers, the Chapter officially "adopted" the Health Careers High School, which is a magnet school emphasizing courses related to health professions.
The San Antonio Chapter annually awards savings bonds and statistical software to high school students who show outstanding applications of statistics in their science fair projects. A list of volunteer statisticians from our Chapter is distributed each fall to all science teachers in the area by the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering (ARASE) to improve awareness and encourage interaction between schools and statisticians. Joe Ward was appointed a member of the Board of ARASE for the purpose of facilitating the data analysis capabilities of science fair participants.
Informal Observations About the Introduction of the AP Statistics Program
The chapter has found through the years that attitudes toward the use of statistics in the high schools can be less than encouraging. High school teachers have a history of accepting the role of calculus in the high school mathematics curriculum. Since calculus courses are "in" with most high schools, the statistics courses may be thought to be competing with calculus. This might lead to barriers in efforts toward implementing a statistics course. Many high school teachers have a negative feeling about statistics courses that they have taken, and as a result it is difficult to identify teachers who are positive candidates to teach the statistics course.
ASA Chapter members might consider interacting with and assisting high school teachers in their area who are reluctant to undertake teaching a statistics course. To minimize the strain of starting a new course, it seems wise to encourage teachers to use a text book which THEY like as long as the text is consistent with the AP Statistics Course Description. Similarly, teachers should use a familiar graphing calculator and statistical software package that provides for the objectives of AP Statistics. Teachers should select a comfortable software package from the many suggested in the AP Statistics Course Description. Those teachers who are most comfortable using MAPLE, DERIVE and others, should be sure that their chosen software can satisfy the AP Statistics objectives.
The proposed AP Statistics Program certainly is a more up-to-date improvement over previous statistics courses to which high school teachers have been subjected. This factor should increase positive attitudes about statistics among high school teachers. However, much of the content is still oriented toward the pre-computer approaches to analysis with which many college faculty have had experience and feel comfortable. Such a compromise is understandable for the introduction and acceptance of any new program that has several hurdles to overcome. We encourage Chapter members who are practicing statisticians to volunteer time with high school teachers and their students to provide them with capabilities beyond the present AP Statistics objectives.
On Sun, 22 Sep 1996, Peter Blaskiewicz wrote:
> Date: Sun, 22 Sep 1996 01:42:31 -0500 > From: Peter Blaskiewicz <email@example.com> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com > Subject: Edstat-l > > Could you please tell me what the Edstat-l list is, and also tell me > how to subscribe if I think it is appropriate for my needs. I received > Joe's answer to Warren because it was posted to apstat-l, and the > nature of the exchange makes me think edstat-l might be beneficial for > me as a college-level stats teacher. Thanks. > > Peter Blaskiewicz > Mathematics Department > McLennan Community College > Waco, Texas > firstname.lastname@example.org >