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Strand: STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY - Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S.ID)

Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable (Standards S.ID.1–3). Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables (Standard S.ID.6). Interpret linear models building on students’ work with linear relationships, and introduce the correlation coefficient (Standards S.ID.7–9).

Standard S.ID.9

Distinguish between correlation and causation.

  • Coffee and Crime
    This task addresses many standards regarding the description and analysis of bivariate quantitative data, including regression and correlation.
  • Golf and Divorce
    This is a simple task addressing the distinction between correlation and causation. Students are given information indicating a correlation between two variables, and are asked to reason out whether or not a causation can be inferred.
  • High blood pressure
    The purpose of this task is to assess understanding of how study design dictates whether a conclusion of causation is warranted.
  • Interpreting Statistics: A Case of Muddying the Waters
    This lesson unit is intended to help educators assess how well students are able to interpret data and evaluate statistical summaries and critique someone else's interpretations of data and evaluations of statistical summaries.
  • Introduction to the Materials (Math 1)
    Introduction to the Materials in the Mathematics One of the The MVP classroom experience begins by confronting students with an engaging task and then invites them to grapple with solving it. As students ideas emerge, take form, and are shared, the teacher orchestrates the student discussions and explorations towards a focused mathematical goal. As conjectures are made and explored, they evolve into mathematical concepts that the community of learners begins to embrace as effective strategies for analyzing and solving problems.
  • Linear Regression and Correlation
    In this lesson students will plot data onto a scatter plot and then determine the line of best fit for the data sets.
  • Olympic Men's 100-meter dash
    The task asks students to identify when two quantitative variables show evidence of a linear association, and to describe the strength and direction of that association.
  • STATISTICS - Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S.ID) - Sec Math I Core Guide
    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for the Secondary Mathematics I - Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S.ID).
  • Texting and Grades II
    The purpose of this task is to assess ability to interpret the slope and intercept of the line of best fit in context.
  • Used Subaru Foresters II
    This problem could be used as a lesson or an assessment.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Lindsey  Henderson and see the Mathematics - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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