AP Statistics Course Policy
The purpose of this AP Statistics course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:
Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns.
Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study.
Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability simulation.
Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.
On Thursday, May 16, 2019, students may take the AP Statistics exam. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement, or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course.
Textbook: The Practice of Statistics, 5th edition, Yates, Moor & Stern.
Textbook, BYOD device, graph paper notebook, pencil and eraser, colored pens/highlighters and a TI graphing calculator. I recommend the TI-83, TI-84, TI-89 or TI-Nspire. If you choose another type of graphing calculator, I may not be able to help you if you do not know how to use it – and please check this website for a list of approved calculators.
- Be on time.
- Be nice, be safe, be busy!
- No side talk during lessons. Raise your hand.
- Cell phones are SILENT and OUT OF YOUR SIGHT.
- Engage and stay on task for the entire class period.
- Use common courtesy and common sense.
- District policy states that harassment in or out of the classroom is not to be tolerated. Harassment based on race, ethnicity, able-bodiedness, sexuality, perceived sexuality, gender, gender expression, monetary standing, religion or faith-based, or any other factor will be reported to the administration and dealt with accordingly. This includes slang such as "that's so gay" or "that's retarded." Both are considered hate speech.
Regular attendance is crucial for success in this course. Parents are strongly encouraged to plan family vacations, doctor’s appointments and social activities for times when it will not adversely affect a student’s educational progress. It is impossible to replicate the classroom experience with pencil and paper assignments.
Tardiness is a disruption. Tardies are tracked by the administration and may result in detentions, parent conferences and other intervention.
Students are expected to obtain the lesson notes, handouts and assignments from missed classes.
It is the student’s responsibility to schedule make-up quizzes and exams with the teacher. For planned absences, the student is expected to arrange a make-up date for tests BEFORE the absence. When a student is on campus during a test day but not in class, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher on that day. In most cases, the student will take the make-up test during a make-up session or the next time in class. In the case of an unexcused absence (cut, illegal, etc) any assignment/assessment given that day or due that day cannot be made up for credit.
Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated. All bags will be put in the front of the room, cell phones must be powered off and graphing calculators must be cleared before and after any assessment. Cheating/plagiarism will be dealt with according to the SRVHS Student Handbook.
Writing and Speaking
Although accurate computation is important, the emphasis in this course is on thoughtful analysis and interpretation of data. Writing is a key component in the course, the AP exam, and in your graded work. Writing is expected to be college level, and accordingly, clear, concise, accurate and precise. Correct use of statistics vocabulary and effectively describing statistical concepts in writing and speaking will be practiced and expected in class.
80% Assessments: Quizzes, Chapter Tests, and Projects
20% Semester Final Exam
If you decide this class is not for you, the deadline to drop the course is by the end of the third week of each semester. It is possible to drop a course after this deadline, but it will reflect on your transcript: if your grade at the time of dropping is an F, it will appear on your transcript as an F. If your grade is a D- or better at the time of dropping after the deadline, it will appear as NM for “No Mark.”