Course: AP Statistics

Course Description

The purpose of AP Statistics 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, Planning a Study, Anticipating Patterns, and Statistical Inference.


Students will be prepared to take the AP Statistics test given the second week in May.  About 2 weeks will be spent before the AP exam reviewing.  The cost of the AP Test is $87.


Materials Required

            Notebook (3-ring binder, 4 dividers and lined paper)

            Pencil and Eraser

            Textbook, The Practice of Statistics, 3rd Edition, Yates, Moore, and McCabe

            TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator

These materials must be brought to class EVERY DAY!


Academic Evaluation

Tests/Notebooks: 60% of final grade. 

            Tests:  Tests will be 100 points each.  NO RETAKES will be given.  Adequate time will be spent reviewing the material before each test.  A student is expected to be prepared the first time.  If a student is absent the day of a test they will take the test the day they return during class time.

            Notebook:  There will be two notebook checks one at midterm and one at the end of the term.  Notebooks must be a three-ring binder with four dividers.  The dividers are to be labeled, Notes, Reading Guides, Assignments, and Tests.  Students’ notes and assignments must be on white, lined, hole-punched paper (no spiral edges).  Each check is worth 50 points.


Reading Guides:    5% of final grade

            At the beginning of each section and before the material is lectured on students are expected to read the section and complete the reading guides.  Reading guides will be due the day the last assignment is given for the section.


Assignments: 20% of final grade

                        Assignments are to be labeled by the section they cover and will be given daily.  Students are expected to copy the problems from the book and show all work.  Assignments that are not completed in class must be completed at home as homework.  The following day several questions will be answered and the assignment will be turned in.  To be successful in mathematics it should be a daily practice. Students can receive full credit for an assignment turned in up to one day late.  20% reduction for an assignment turned in up to one week late and no credit for assignments after one week. 


Bell Ringer: 5% of final grade.

            As students come into class there will be problems/questions on the board.  These questions can not be made up.  These questions are to be copied and answered on their weekly assignment sheets and will be collected every Friday at the end of class.  The students will have at least one minute after the tardy bell to complete the problems.  They will then have the opportunity to ask question and correct their solution if necessary. 


Participation: 10% of final grade. 

A student is given 100 points at the beginning of the trimester.  To keep the points they must be in class daily, on time and prepared.  A student will loose 20 points for each unverified absence or sluff and 3 points for each tardy.  Students with excessive verified absences (more than 6 in a trimester) will loose 10 points per verified absence above 6.  A student cannot go negative.  Students that have three or fewer tardies will receive a 10 points bonus.  Students that have two or fewer absences will receive a 10 points bonus.

Grade Scale

92-100 A

89- 91 A-

87- 88 B+

82-86 B

79-81 B-

76-78 C+

70-75 C

68-69 C-

66-67 D+

60-65 D

55-59 D-

0-54 F


E-Mail Progress Reports

It is the parent’s responsibility to sign on to powerschool and set the frequency they would like to receive e-mail notifications from the school.


If you have a disability that may require accommodations, i.e. modifications in testing, assignments, grading, etc., please contact me immediately.  Accommodations will be made for all students with documented disabilities.



Student:You are invited and encouraged to discuss your progress with me before or after class.  If you need extra help, please try and use Tuesday morning remediation first, but you may also make arrangements for before of after school.

Parent: You are encouraged to look at, and discuss your child’s math notebook with them often.  You are also encouraged to discuss your child’s progress with me.  Please call the school at 245-6093 ext. 167 or e-mail to make an appointment.  Please watch for progress reports, they will be sent home with the student.


I will occasionally have students in the class correct the work of other students.  This practice has an important educational purpose in that it allows students to receive immediate feedback and review homework assignments, quizzes and problem solving that maybe different than their own.  It also allows me to give and review assignments and use correcting time as effectively as possible.


Study Suggestions

Success in this course depends on keeping up with the course work, doing all the assigned homework problems on time and then thinking about what you have done.  Never be satisfied with doing the arithmetic correctly, always ask yourself what the concept presented was, and did you understand it.  Address any problems to me immediately so we can correct them.  Furthermore, find a friend or friends in the class whom you can work and study with. 

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