“Our lives are governed by numbers,” according to a landmark report published by the American Statistical Association. Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education, commonly known as the GAISE Report, is worth a read by any teachers who wonder why data analysis deserves a place outside of math classes.
The GAISE Report argues that quantitative literacy — the ability to make sense of those numbers — goes well beyond academic outcomes and empowers students to think for themselves.
“Teachers are realizing they need to give students opportunities to question the things they’re presented with, whether it’s a news article or story unfolding in their community or internationally,” says Parikh. Across the curriculum, students need to know how to ask, “What do the data say?”