ALEXANDRIA, VA, APRIL
4, 2013—The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the National Council
of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are calling on universities and school
administrators across the country to provide high-quality training and
professional-development opportunities that will help prepare future and
current teachers to lead classes on statistics.
Statistics is an increasingly important scientific field of
study and a key component of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics,
which was developed jointly in 2010 by the National Governors Association
Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
As a result of this rise in prominence, “teachers of
mathematics and others who will teach statistics must have deep knowledge and
understanding of statistics and the way that students learn the subject,”
assert the ASA and NCTM in their joint statement.
Among the specific recommendations the groups make are:
- School administrators need to provide professional development
opportunities specifically related to statistics content and offer support for
teachers to attend these opportunities.
Professional development courses and workshops for future and
current teachers need to model effective pedagogies for teaching statistics.
Faculty teaching statistics courses and workshops need to be
familiar with pedagogies appropriate for the pre-K–12 classroom.
- Statistics teachers need to work
together with education faculty to provide coursework that emphasizes stronger
conceptual knowledge of statistics and the essential ideas of statistical
thinking and problem solving.
State departments of education need to work together with national
professional organizations such as the ASA, NCTM and others to ensure the
development of uniform resources, assessments and delivery models of
professional development in statistics.
“Statistics is an integral part of mathematics education,
but also of the education of any informed, productive citizen in any career or
academic pursuit,” said NCTM President Linda Gojak. “This joint position statement
describes a foundation of what is most important in statistics education, and it
recommends steps to take to improve the statistical literacy of all students.”
“ASA is committed to working with NCTM and all concerned
stakeholders—math and science organizations, national teacher groups, state
education administrations, university departments and faculty—to ensure our
nation’s teachers can access the training programs they need to teach
statistics to their students,” said ASA President Marie Davidian. “We believe
the roadmap outlined in this joint statement is an important first step in
getting university faculty, school administrators and teachers thinking about
how to best prepare statistics teachers.”
Read the full
ASA-NCTM joint statement here.
About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., the American Statistical
Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the
second-oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States.
Its members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries,
advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public
policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American
Statistical Association, please visit the ASA website at www.amstat.org.
About the National Council of Teachers of
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the
public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and
professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning
of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members and more than 200
Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving
mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. NCTM is dedicated to
ongoing dialogue and constructive discussion with all stakeholders about what
is best for our nation’s students. Go to www.nctm.org for more information.
For more information:
Jeffrey A. Myers Tracy
ASA Public Relations Coordinator NCTM Communications Manager
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