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Statistical Literacy: The New Zealand Year 13 School Approach

Starts: 30 April 2014


Further Education Teaching Conference 30th April 2014: Statistical Literacy

Presenters: Professor Maxine Pfannkuch, Dr Stephanie Budgett

Affiliation: Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Purpose: This one-day event will showcase the NZ statistics curriculum and assessment design at Year 12 and 13 with some teaching approaches to the Year 13 statistical literacy standard and the Year 12 topic on risk. Our speakers will discuss ways of embedding statistics within real-world scenarios and increase curriculum relevance as perceived by students.

Background: In 2010 a new school curriculum for Years 1 to 13 was introduced into New Zealand schools. At the secondary school level there was a staged introduction starting with Year 10 (age 14-15 years) in 2010. Hence the Year 13 (age 17-18 years) curriculum was taught for the first time in 2013. Statistical investigations, literacy and probability are the major strands of the curriculum. The use of technology such as iNZight is an integral part of teaching, learning and assessment at Year 13. The statistics curriculum is considered to be world leading.



9:30     An overview of the NZ Year 12 and 13 statistics curriculum, assessment, & technology used

10:30   The NZ Year 13 Statistical Literacy Achievement Standard

11:00   Break

11:30   Reading the News & “Worry questions”

12:30   Lunch

1:30     Political Polls and margin of error

2:30     Assessment of Statistical literacy – some examples

3:00     Break

3:30     Introducing Risk to Year 12

4:30     Finish


This is a FREE event, lunch and refreshments will be provided but places are limited. Advanced booking is required.

To book a place please email your name and institutional/organisational affiliation to

More information is available on the Q-Step website

Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University, CF10 3WT

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Open To: Other
Staff and Students