Website Provides Data, Tools for K-12 Educators

US Census: “As many kids across the nation go back to school this month, we are excited to roll out a new U.S. Census Bureau program, “Statistics in Schools,” aimed at making a real and positive difference in American education….The new website provides data, tools and teacher-friendly activities to K-12 educators in math, history, and social studies as well as the newly added subjects of geography and sociology. We also doubled the number of tools on the website; resulting in more than 100 resources from which teachers can choose, including:

  • Maps and historical documents — historical and current maps as well as photos, cartoons and census records.
  • News articles — examples of census data applied to current events in the news. Videos — the importance of statistics and how data relates to students today.
  • Games — test your students’ knowledge in our population bracketology game.
  • Infographics and data visualizations — census data presented visually; many linked to a classroom activity.
  • Searchable data tools that reveal population statistics by sex, age, ethnicity and race.
  • Activities organized by grade, education standard and subject.
  • Information to help teachers explain the Census Bureau to students….

The next step in the program is perhaps the most exciting, as educators throughout the nation begin to leverage Statistics in Schools to enrich their curricula. I look forward to being on this journey with you and working toward improved statistical literacy for the next generation. Please stay in touch — we will be listening closely to learn what works, what could be improved, and how the Census Bureau can continue to help you….(More)”