Analysing the Numbers

AP Statistics

The Fine Print

Course Goals

The College Board lists the following categories of course skills that students will develop upon completion of AP Statistics: 

  • Students will learn to select statistical methods for collecting and/or analyzing data for statistical inference 

  • Students will be able to use data analysis to describe patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in data

  • Students will explore random phenomena using probability and simulation 

  • Students will develop how to argue or justify a conclusion from evidence using data, definitions and statistical inference


Each unit of the course will connect two or more course skills and big ideas to allow students to make meaningful connections among concepts.  

The course is organized around the following foundational concepts of statistics:

  • Variation and distribution – Students will use graphs and numerical calculations to describe variations and patterns seen among given data. 

  • Patterns and uncertainty – Using probability and reasoning students will recognize patterns in data and project sample data to larger populations. Students will also describe errors found in experiments or surveys and tell how that affects conclusions. 

  • Data-based predictions, decisions and conclusions – Students will use tools to make predictions and describe relationships among data.  These tools can include learning how to conduct a well-designed experiment, creating graphs of data and using statistical inference to draw conclusions. 


  • Students should have successfully completed the high school math sequence: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

Course Resources

Textbook and Homework:

  • Practice of Statistics, 4th edition by Daren Starnes, Dan Yates, and David Moore (2012) 

    • ISBN: 978-1429245593

    • Optional: hard-copy textbook loaned through Blue Tent OnLoan

  • Barron’s AP Statistics, 9th edition ISBN: 978-1438009049 (Note! Edition may change.)

  • Digital Resources: $35




Web Resources:

  • AP Classroom | a free College Board online resource where students can practice and prepare for the AP exam

  • Varsity Tutors | free AP Statistics diagnostic tests that break down concepts individually so students can assess which topics to spend more time on

  • Zoom | a free teleconferencing application

Technical Resources

  • Required:

    • A reliable internet connection

    • A computer with a web-cam

    • A working microphone

    • A free phone/computer scanning app (such as CamScanner and Adobe Scan)

  • Recommended:

    • Earbuds or a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)