- Reporting the number of observations.
- Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.
- Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.
- Relating the choice of measures of center and variability to the shape of the data distribution and the context in which the data were gathered.

**Subject Area:**Mathematics

**Grade:**6

**Domain-Subdomain:**Statistics & Probability

**Cluster:**Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning

**Cluster:**Summarize and describe distributions. (Additional Cluster) -

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

**Date Adopted or Revised:**02/14

**Date of Last Rating:**02/14

**Status:**State Board Approved - Archived

**Assessed:**Yes

**Assessment Limits :**

Displays should include only dot/line plots, box plots, or histograms.**Calculator :**No

**Context :**Required

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 1**Question:**Tim drives the Grand Avenue bus route. The total number of people who ride the bus each week for 5 weeks is shown in the data table.What is the range of the number of people who ride the bus each week?

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**EE: Equation Editor

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 2**Question:**Alex found the mean number of food cans that were donated by students for the canned food drive at Epping Middle School. Alex’s work is shown.How many students donated food cans?

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**EE: Equation Editor

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 3**Question:**Tim drives the Grand Avenue bus route. The total number of people who ride the bus each week for 5 weeks is shown in the data table.What is the interquartile range of the data?

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**EE: Equation Editor

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 4**Question:**A dot plot shows the number of cans students at Epping Middle School collected for a canned food drive.Select all the options that describe the best measure of center to represent the data in the dot plot.

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**MS: Multiselect

**Test Item #:**Sample Item 5**Question:**A line plot shows the number of cans a class of students at Epping Middle School collected for a canned food drive.How many students collected cans of food?

**Difficulty:**N/A**Type:**EE: Equation Editor

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## MFAS Formative Assessments

Students are asked to calculate measures of center and variability, identify extreme values, and interpret the meaning of each in context.

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## Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

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## Original Student Tutorial

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## Problem-Solving Task

Students are given a context and a dotplot and are asked a number of questions regarding shape, center, and spread of the data.

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## Student Center Activity

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## Tutorials

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## Virtual Manipulative

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## Problem-Solving Task

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