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Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Data are pieces of information. People use data to make decisions every day. The more data they have, the more informed their decisions will be. In the 21st century, we are flooded with data from all sides.
Product designers use data to determine which groups of people to target in their ad campaigns, which products are most likely to sell, what price point will be most effective... pretty much every decision they have to make. Social media uses data to determine which of the friends you would most like to see in your feed, which videos you are most likely to want to watch, and which ads you are most likely to click on. Doctors use data to determine your best course of treatment.
Students in this class will analyze data found on the internet, from in-class investigations, and from simulations they explore. They will look for patterns in the data to determine relationships between variables, which will help them to support their thinking about why the phenomenon we are studying occurs. No matter what career path they eventually embark on, chances are they will need the skill of analyzing data.
The rubric shows what the expectations are for 8th graders in this class. The first three rows (D-1, D-2, and D-3) are what is expected during the first semester, and student grades will reflect this. During second semester, students will be held accountable for all six items on the rubric.