The Diagnostic Statistics Assessment (DSA) is a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that has developed a research-based formative assessment system to support middle school teachers in identifying and addressing student misconceptions in statistics.
It is imperative to develop students’ statistical understandings at a young age to prepare and inspire them for future education, career, and life opportunities. Students from elementary school to college have difficulties with a variety of statistical conceptions. Students also often have negative opinions about statistics. The DSA project aims to address this reality by developing resources to assess and develop students’ understandings, knowledge, and affect related to statistics.
This section is an overview of the DSA project and resources. Start here!
This section contains information for teachers about the key concepts related to statistical investigations. Go to Tutorials
This section contains information for teachers about the three targeted misconceptions. Go to Misconceptions
This section contains whole-classroom activities for students to engage in statistical investigations and supplemental activities designed for students identified as reasoning with the targeted misconceptions. Go to Activities
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