Useful Websites for Teachers

With so many websites available, it is hard for statistics teachers to select those that are most useful. The following is a compilation of information by members of the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability and ASA education staff. You may wish to visit these sites to see which are appropriate for your teaching level.

ASA Statistics Education Resources

ASA Resources for K–12 Statistics Teachers
ASA Resources for Undergraduate Educators

General Sites

CAUSEweb, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, has helpful resources for teaching an introductory statistics course, including class examples, labs, homework assignments, data sets, cartoons, songs, jokes, and quotes. This site also houses information about the biennial U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics and the Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics.

World of Statistics Education Resources are free international statistics education resources created during the 2013 International Year of Statistics and after.

International Statistical Literacy Project provides resources for elementary and middle-school teachers to expand their knowledge of probability and statistics and for use in the classroom.

OpenIntro Statistics provides free resources for high-school and college introductory statistics courses, including textbooks, labs, videos, lecture slides, data sets, and forums.

Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans

Statistics Teacher (ST) is an online journal published by the American Statistical Association (ASA) – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12. ST supports the teaching and learning of statistics through education articles, lesson plans, announcements, professional development opportunities, technology, assessment, and classroom resources.

STatistics Education Web (STEW) is a free, online resource for peer-reviewed statistics lesson plans.

Census at School - U.S. is a free international classroom project that engages students in grades 4–12 in statistical problem solving using their own real data. Students complete an online survey, analyze their class census results, and compare their class with random samples of students in the United States and abroad.

The AIMS Project: Adapting and Implementing Innovative Material in Statistics developed lesson plans and activities based on innovative materials for introductory statistics courses aligned with GAISE recommendations.

Project-SET is an NSF-funded project that develops innovative curricular materials to enhance the ability of teachers to foster students’ statistical learning.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Illuminations is a repository of lesson plans, online activities, and connections to the NCTM Standards.

Illustrative Mathematics provides activities to illustrate the statistics and mathematics content in the Common Core State Standards for grades K–12. Each task is accompanied by a list of which standards it covers, the task itself, commentary, and solutions.

Engage NY offers lessons and resources to teach the statistics and mathematics content in the Common Core Statistics Standards.

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Statistics Summer Institutes website provides activities and resources for AP Statistics teachers.

The MERLOT Statistics Portal provides lessons and resources for teaching introductory statistics.

Assessment Resources

LOCUS is an NSF-funded project focused on developing assessments of statistical understanding across levels of development as identified in the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE). The intent of these assessments is to provide teachers, educational leaders, assessment specialists, and researchers with a valid and reliable assessment of conceptual understanding in statistics consistent with the Common Core State Standards.

ARTIST (Assessment Resource Tools for Improving Statistical Thinking) has field-tested assessment inventory scales on specific topics in probability and statistics, as well as a searchable item database that allows teachers to build their own assessments.

Data Sources

DASL (Dataset and Story Library)
Chance Project Data Sets
U.S. Census Bureau
UCLA Statistics Case Studies
Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics
Census at School - U.S.
Census at School International
Journal of Statistics Education Data Archive
Baseball Prospectus
Advanced Football Analytics
ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research)
Virtual Laboratories in Probability and Statistics

Applets/Simulation Tools

The Rossman/Chance Applet Collection provides applets for demonstrating introductory statistics concepts and analyzing data.

Statkey provides applets for descriptive statistics and graphs, bootstrap confidence intervals, and randomization hypothesis tests.

Statlets provides introductory statistics applets.

Stat-Attic contains links and descriptions of useful introductory statistics applets.

Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) provides portable online aids for probability and statistics education, technology-based instruction and statistical computing.

Data Games enables students to analyze the data saved from playing games.

Videos and Media

The ASA offers free K–12 statistics education webinars developed as part of the follow-up activities for the Meeting Within a Meeting Statistics Workshop.

The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education offers free webinars on undergraduate statistics education.

The ASA/American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Joint Committee offers free webinars on community college statistics education topics through AMATYC.

YouTube Videos on Descriptive Statistical Concepts by Duke University professors and students is a collection of 52 videos that teach basic descriptive statistical concepts. The videos cover core concepts, pedagogy, JMP software, and applet demonstrations.

Data to Insight Videos on YouTube
Chris Wild’s Data to Insight: An Introduction to Data Analysis is a free, online, hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis.

Against All Odds: Inside Statistics is a free video series teaching introductory statistics concepts with real-life applications. This is an updated version of the 1980s series and contains videos, a glossary, teacher guides, and student guides.

Stats + Stories is a collection of podcasts about the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.

The Chance Project emphasizes using current news media as motivation for studying issues in probability and statistics. A highlight is the monthly Chance News (which functions as a wiki), abstracting recent articles from newspapers and magazines with suggestions for pedagogical uses.

FiveThirtyEight covers news, sports, and features from a statistical viewpoint. The head of the group is Nate Silver, who is famous for his 2012 election predictions.