>I have asked about text books too, and >got some nice replies with some direct references about good texts, one of >which >was the M&M book. > > Hopefully, the traffic from those who are actually piloting the course and >test THIS year will pick up in anticipation or reaction to the test.
>Pat Ballew >Edgren HS >Misawa, Japan
To Pat, Nancy, and others: I am piloting the A. P. Stats course this year, and I am using the Moore and McCabe text (2d ed.), the Student Edition of Minitab (Mac and Windows versions, but I avoid the DOS version!), and the "Decision Through Data" video series. And I am very happy with those choices. I used the original Moore & McCabe text and Minitab and some of the "Against All Odds" segments for several years at a college where I used to teach, and had no reason to change. If you have specific questions about any of these, I would be happy to tell you about my experiences.
One of the most interesting observations I could make is with regard to the caliber of high school students I have this year, compared with the students I used to have in the college classrooms. Many (most??) of the students I have now are "math or science oriented" with pretty decent algebra and mathematical reasoning skills, while most of the college students I got were there to satisfy the math requirement and were from various service areas (psychology, sociology, life science, political science, and economics). I saw almost no math, physical science, or computer science majors in my intro stat college classes. I see A. P. Statistics as a way to catch these good folks before they get to college and get talked into some fast track program that doesn't involve introductory statistics (which I consider important for everyone).