Jerry Moreno
John Carroll University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 4, Number 1 (Winter 1998)

Our section has three invited sessions allotted to us for the JSM in Dallas 1998.

Carol Blumberg, Winona State University, has organized one of our invited sessions addressing statistics needs for students with disabilities. She has invited two excellent speakers to her session. Carol Preston is with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She will speak on ACCESS THROUGH SCIENCE: OPENING THE PROFESSION TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. For many reasons, disabled students are actively discouraged from entering into careers that offer challenges and opportunities for personal growth. Several strategies, including mentoring and recruitment that can lead to optimizing opportunities for disabled students will be presented. Sue Ann Kroeger, University of Minnesota, will present MAKING STATISTICS COURSES MORE ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, from the legal requirements to classroom technological and non-technological issues.

PLUGGING IN -- CONNECTING TECHNOLOGY TO THE CLASSROOM has been organized by Tom Short, Villanova University. Bill Finzer, Key Curriculum Press, will discuss visualization techniques, the importance of dragging in Dynamic StatisticsO software, and on the role of user-constructed measures in the learning of statistics, including results of research from the DataSpace project. VIRTUAL LABORATORIES IN PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS is the topic of Kyle Siegrist, University of Alabama in Huntsville. Kyle's project consists of interweaving hypertext, graphics, interactive Java applets, and data sets in web-based modules that cover the core topics at the undergraduate level. Tim Hesterberg, MathSoft/Statistical Sciences, will talk about how computer simulation and bootstrapping let students gain experience with and intuition for key ideas in statistics and probability. In particular, bootstrapping frees us from the requirement to teach inference only for statistics for which simple formulas are available - we can bootstrap robust statistics like the median as easily as the mean. Discussant responsibilities are in the very able hands of Robin Lock, St. Lawrence University.

With the advanced placement program in statistics finishing its second year by the time JSM Dallas occurs, Dex Whittinghill, Rowan University, has asked leaders in the program to speak on THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS EXAMS: THE FIRST TWO YEARS. Rosemary Roberts, Bowdoin College, will briefly describe the content of AP statistics, and then discuss examples of questions from the first two exams. Chris Olsen from George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will present WHAT'S A RUBRIC? SCORING THE OPEN ENDED QUESTIONS. Since student responses are many and varied, the process is not without some surprises and perplexities; examples will be shared, and sympathy elicited! Dick Scheaffer, University of Florida, will follow with WHY DID PAT GET A 3? MAKING THE GRADE IN AP STATISTICS. What happens at a reading of free-response questions will be discussed, along with what happens after the reading to turn raw scores into the grades received by the students. An interesting part of the process involves a comparability study to see how AP scores relate to college grades in a similar course. Paul Velleman, Cornell University, has agreed to be the discussant.

Special thanks to Carol, Tom, and Dex for their work in organizing three very interesting sessions.

Jerry Moreno
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
John Carroll University
University Hts. OH 44118
Phone: (216) 397-4681
e-mail: moreno@jcvaxa.

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