All Milton students found to be above the mean

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.

Milton High School“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.”

Photo Credit: Steven V

9 comments on this post.
  1. mitrebox:

    “Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

  2. Kevin:

    Dean Wormer was unavailable for comment?

  3. Jen:

    To me test score really have nothing to do with success in the workplace or in life. I work with many educated people that have serious issues. Many are in massive credit card debt, struggle in the marriages, can’t handle their children etc. Schools these days need to add lessons on personal finance and common sense.

  4. Ben:

    Preach it Jen :) I think Milton is a fine high school and has been for as long as I have known about it.

    But high school and university are neither mutually exclusive to a child’s success in adulthood. A lot of the most important lessons/practices are learned from mom AND dad.

    Well said.

  5. Diego:

    …an attempt at satire?

  6. A:

    @Diego, yes it’s satire. Apparently Lee has asked this new writer to contribute “Onion” style articles, which to be honest is a big jarring given his regular content. I love satire as much as anyone, but I just don’t think it works in the context of this blog which is usually about issues like local government, restaurants and business.

  7. Kevin:

    We have a winner, Diego! An ingenious bit of subtle writing (Google “Kent Dorfman” and see if you find a Milton educator), and it is statistically impossible for every Milton student to be above the Milton mean. Nice work, Stacy! Perhaps you can quote Jeff Spicoli in your next piece.

  8. Travis Allen:

    I honestly feel like I’m missing the joke here…

  9. Dlp:

    I am a teacher and completely agree with Ben and Jen. My son is in high school and with his massive homework load year round, he doesn’t have enough free time for me to effectively teach him the necessary skills essential for a successful transition to college and living on his own. It’s exhausting!

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