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AS 3.12 Evaluating Reports

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For Teachers

* Be familiar with the Achievement Standard AS3.12 #91584 (link to NZQA)

* Look over the NZQA Exemplars on AS3.12 Probability 3.12 A Note: these exemplars may not reflect the latest information or the end of year exam... but we can only hope.

* Material available on the mathstatsfacilitators website AS 3.12 page

* AS3.12 page at CENSUS at schools site.

* Check the latest comments on the NZmaths forum (login required)

* Past Examination Papers: (link to NZQA) 2013 (& schedule)

* Any further ideas / suggestions / resources/ comments / errors. Please contact

* AS 3.12 section on Nayland Web site updated: Jan 2014

AS 3.12 'Evaluating Reports' is a 4 credit externally assessed topic AS 91584

Revision books would also be useful.

This topic has been split into two sections:
1) Statistical Literacy & Report Writing
This is completed at the start of the year as a foundation to the three internal standards.

2) Sampling, Surveys, Margins of Error & Critiquing Reports
This is the final topic, biulding on concepts covered in the internal standards.

Possible Lesson Sequence for AS 3.12 Evaluating Reports (AS 91584)

1. Introduction, Overview, pretest on statistical writing

2. Statistical Literacy
Five Lessons building statistical vocabulary, claim support & repeatability, causation & association, errors, words that imply without asserting, undefined amounts, frequency & likely, real statistics & speculation. Finding and critiquing articles in the media, peer review & sharing ideas.

3. Report Writing
Eight lessons covering: The difference between traditional 'maths' and statistical reporting. The introduction. Report paragraph sentence structure. The conclusion. Improving report writing skills from simple examples to complete reports. Peer critiquing, exemplars, and practice.

(A break to do the three internal standards which involve report writing)

4. Sampling & Surveys
Representation of a population, sampling & survey methods, validity & bias, summary & evaluate effectiveness of reports.

5. Margins of Error
The three rules of thumb, their origin and use. Are the report findings valid or not?

6. Critiquing Reports
Practice with a range of reports, critiquing. Exemplar assessments & revision. Practice AS3.12 class test.

Investigating Claims
Investigating Claims
NZ US exercise
Broadcasting Standards
Political Polls
Testing Claims


Web links for more material on AS3.12 Probability (AS 91584)




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