American Statistical Association K-12 Statistics Ambassador and ASA Fellow
There is a growing focus on statistical education at the school level, which has the potential to impact the next generation of practitioners of statistics and big data. This presentation reflects the perspectives of three groups: The American Statistical Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and academics around the world carrying out research in statistics education with school students and their teachers. The inclusion of data handling and probability in school curricula in the last 30 years has brought about a great increase in collaboration among these organizations and researchers. We will consider the art and science of learning from data at the school level by tracing the history of change, applauding current initiatives including ones focused on big data, and providing examples of research focused on statistical practice. It is critical that practitioners of big data, statistics, data analytics – whatever we call working with data – become involved at the school level to help ignite the development our students’ data and statistical literacy skills as well as motivate students and teachers to its importance.