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Academics, Upper School

Digging into Statistical Data

In Trimester 3, senior statistic students put a year’s worth of learning into practice. They used statistical tools to prove or disprove a hypothesis.

“This is college-level analysis the students are engaging in,” says statistics teacher Alex Chen. “The students have to apply the right data collection methods they’ve learned, calculate their scores, test their hypothesis, and then present their conclusions to the class.”

Students chose a topic they wanted to investigate, with some focusing on issues of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and others centering their attention on pop culture. Many students gathered data from their peers, using proper surveying techniques covered in class, such as dummy questions or simple random samples.

Students presented a wide variety of hypotheses. One student questioned whether music means more to a Gen-Zer than a Gen-Xer. Another student surveyed his peers to see if students of color talk more about race with their families than white students. One student used a connection at New York University to find out if people who identify as male stay up later than people who identify as female.

“What is most important is that the students are invested in these topics,” says Alex. “It is fun to see them creatively analyze aspects of pop culture, or look at policies within the schools, city, or state, and dig into the numbers to really understand a topic.”