A recent classroom study finds that all students at Milton High School are significantly above the mean. The project was conducted as part of a semester-long classroom assignment in the school’s Advanced Placement Statistics class.
“Fulton County Schools was gracious to provide us test result data from all standardized tests taken at Milton going back several years,” said teacher Kent Dorfman. “Of course any personally identifiable information was removed prior to the data arriving in our lab.”
The students analyzed test scores using material learned in class and leveraged specialized computer software. Each and every student was compared to the Milton student population as a whole. The results were astounding. Every Milton High School student was found to be above the mean. A high standard deviation was also observed.
“We went into the study pretty much knowing everyone was super smart at Milton,” remarked AP Stats student Katie Wong. “Like, the results just proved what we already knew.”
After graduating this spring Wong plans to study applied mathematics at the University of South Carolina. She included the assignment in her application essay and believes it played a big part in her acceptance to the college.
Dorfman hopes to make the study a yearly project in his AP Statistics class. He says the project helps to drive home course curriculum with real-world numbers the students live and understand.
“It reinforces our preconceived notions, a concept that’s very important in the science of statistics,” he explained. “Even if these students don’t become mathematicians, these are valuable skills that will serve them well in their professional lives.”
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