In today’s data-driven world, innovation, scientific progress, and the health of civil society demand a data-literate citizenry and a workforce with strong statistical thinking skills. Studies show, however, that schools are neither preparing students adequately nor drawing enough students—particularly from traditionally underserved groups—to data science fields.
To address this need, the Strengthening Data Literacy across the Curriculum project is developing and studying curriculum materials for high school statistics classes to promote interest and skills in statistical thinking and data science among diverse high school populations. The project engages students with data investigations that focus on issues of social justice, using large-scale socioeconomic data sets and online data visualization tools.
EDC is carrying out the following activities with its partners:
- Work with statistics and social studies teachers to develop curriculum modules involving data investigations of income inequality and immigration in the United States
- Provide professional development and implementation support for educators
- Study classroom module implementation and learning strategies for supporting students
- Generate and disseminate research findings
- 14 participating teachers in 11 Massachusetts high schools have tested the modules, reaching approximately 500 students from diverse populations.
California Polytechnic State University, The Concord Consortium