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The main objective of this competition is to encourage school students to become interested in statistical data analysis and chance in a way that will help them make more sense of the information that surrounds them in their daily life. Another objective is to promote and encourage teachers and students to use the statistical literacy resources that exist in their countries to achieve the first goal.
The ISLP competition is done in cooperation with individuals interested in statistical literacy in their countries, and it is not possible without them.
Students of age 10-18 of any country that have a teacher that has registered for them. There will be different categories, according to age. There is no cost to the students for participating or to the teachers for registering their students.
English speaking countries will do the competition in English. Other countries will do it in their own language resources permitting.
If students are interested, they must find a teacher that registers for them. All the competition is done through contact with the teachers. Teachers that have students interested can register online. After they register, the teachers will be contacted by the ISLP to receive further instructions. The teachers must provide the ISLP the list of students that will participate in their classes before the first round of the competition in May.
This first phase will be done in the teacher’s classroom, and we are flexible about when the teacher wants to do it. It has to be done before the end of 2008. When the teacher has a date in mind, the teacher will email the names of the students participating, their grade, age and checkmark reflecting that parents of the students authorize participation. The teacher must then send the date to us and the ISLP will send the question. The teacher then photocopies the student’s work sheet and distributes it to the students participating. Students will use no more then 90 minutes, and they don’t need to use computers. When done, the teacher mails their working sheets back to the ISLP. The ISLP will select a winner in each class.
There will be of course different categories, depending on the grade.
NOTE: if a student is a graduating senior in phase 1, s/he competes as a senior in phase 1, then in phase 2 s/he moves to a new category for students that have already graduated; however, the senior class teacher represents the student all along and will go to Durban with the student if the student wins the national competition for this new category.
This phase will be done in each country at a national conference or teachers’ gathering, or online, depending on the feedback obtained from the teachers and local coordinators. Each country is different. Students selected in the first phase in their country, will compete for the first, second and third prize at a teachers’ conference or some other conference in their country or electronically. Ideally, this will take place in the months October to December 2008. If this does not happen, alternatively it will be in January-May 2009. This will be arranged with the coordinator of each country. The winner of this second round will be eligible to travel to Durban, South Africa, in August 2009 to compete against the other countries.
This will take place in Durban, South Africa, during the International Statistical Institute 57th Meeting in August. The winners of all the national competitions, will compete for the world prize. Statistics South Africa, under the program ISIBALO, is hosting the final competition. National champions will be funded for travel and stay for three days in Durban, South Africa. So will the teachers.
Some of you may recognize that in some way, the idea of the ISLP Statistical Literacy Competition is the idea of the Eurologo competition, and that is because we got the inspiration from that competition. Ours is a statistical literacy competition, and will be organized in the fashion of the “Who Wants to be Statistically Literate” competition that we do locally, but the logistics are similar to Eurologo.
The ISLP will prepare some training packages, which come mostly from the resources already featured in our web pages from other sites and countries. The training packages will grow in level of difficulty and depth. Before the first phase of the competition, sample questions similar to the ones in the competition will be included in this section. But to succeed in those the concepts presented here and the resources recommended must be used to prepare.
Some practice questions for the competition from category 1-grade 4/5 to category 5. Practice competition questions for all the categoreis
High School level questions--AP (USA ) Exam questions) You have to register (for free) to access these.
CensusAtSchool data handling activities from New Zealand, UK, Australia and Canada.
PBS Teacher and Parents' zones Select as topic “statistics” and choose a grade level. Have your students do the activities. Select also as topic “data and chance” and have your students do the activities.
Literacy in the News. Make sure you can do successfully all the exercises presented in this web site. Do the students’ questions, check the teachers’ notes. Try to find similar articles in your environment, and apply to them the same level of criticism that you apply to the Literacy in the News ones.
Questions asking to interpret published graphs and comments based on data are possible competition questions, adapted to the age of this student.
We will be posting here sample questions for training for the competition,as well as more selected links to practice concepts and data analysis. English Speaking countries have a wealth of resources listed in the ISLP web pages, and we encourage you to visit them. You can access them from the Home Page and also by clicking on “list of Pages” in the menu above.
You may visit the site of the First Statistical Literacy Competition in Portugal (August 14-18,2007), to browse the training materials and the competition games, and to see the photos. This was a pilot competition with great success and lots of fun. Although the structure of the international game is different, those games can help your students get started training and the pictures can give you an idea of how the local semifinals may look like.
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