ASA, NCTM Call for Increased Training for Pre-K—12 Statistics Teachers

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) are calling on 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.

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