Assessing students' statistical reasoning

delMas, Robert, Ooms, Ann, Garfield, Joan and Chance, Beth (2006) Assessing students' statistical reasoning. In: 7th International Conference on Teaching Statistics; 2 - 7 July 2006, Salvador, Brazil.


This paper describes the ARTIST project which was designed to address the assessment challenge in statistics education. The goals of the ARTIST project are to assist faculty who teach statistics across many disciplines in assessing student learning of statistics, enabling them to better evaluate individual student achievement, to evaluate and improve their courses, and to allow them to assess the impact of reform-based instructional methods on the attainment of statistical literacy, reasoning, and thinking. ARTIST consists of a website that provides resources designed to meet these goals. Among the resources are a large, searchable assessment item database, several online topic tests, and a comprehensive test of statistical literacy and reasoning (CAOS). Details of the development of the ARTIST resources, results from an extensive evaluation of the project, and the development of future ARTIST resources are presented.

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