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AP Statistics (NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 8 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra II or equivalent

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines

Course Length: 30 weeks

Recommended School Credit: This is equivalent to a full AP Statistics course

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week

Course Code: STAY

Course Description


This AP Statistics course is an online course covering topics in Probability, Regression Analysis, and Sampling Distributions. While taking the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics exam is not required, this course prepares students to succeed on the AP Statistics exam and subsequent courses that draw on material from this course. Online interactives and assignments help to reinforce concepts taught in the course. Exams contain both multiple choice and free response questions modeled after the AP Statistics exam. 

Students will learn statistics by reading from the textbook, watching online videos, interacting with online resources, and solving many practice problems. Students are expected to watch videos and review notes regularly. Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course.

In this course, participation in forums and synchronous online virtual sessions are required as part of the final grade. Discussion forums are located within the course where students will be required to respond to a given prompt and then comment on responses by other students. Online sessions, led by a CTY instructor, are held in Adobe Connect, which allows for video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction. 

Students can contact their instructors via email with questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well, to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, quizzes, projects, chapter exams, a midterm exam, and a cumulative final.

This course has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.

The textbook must be purchased separately.

Topics include:

  • Exploring data
  • Modelling distributions of data
  • Describing relationships
  • Designing studies
  • Probability
  • Random variables
  • Sampling distributions
  • Estimating with confidence
  • Testing a claim
  • Comparing two populations or groups
  • Inference for distributions of categorical data
  • More about regression

For a detailed list of topics, click the "List of Topics" tab.

Note: For flexible pacing, please view the course description in the individually paced format: AP Statistics. Both versions cover the same concepts but differ in approach. This session-based version is NCAA approved.

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Materials Needed

A textbook purchase is required for this course.

For enrollment starting before July 1, 2021:
The Practice of Statistics, 6th edition, by Daren S. Starnes and Josh Tabor. 

  • ISBN: 978-1319113339

For enrollment starting on or after July 1, 2021:
UPDATED – The Practice of Statistics, 6th edition, by Daren S. Starnes and Josh Tabor. 

  • ISBN: 978-1319269296

In addition, a graphing calculator is required, such as:

  • TI-83 PLUS
  • TI-84 PLUS*
  • TI-85
  • TI-86
  • TI-89

To see a full list of allowable calculators, visit the College Board website to view the AP Statistics calculator policy.

Full List of Topics

List of Topics

Chapter 1: Exploring Data

  • Analyzing Categorical Data
  • Displaying Quantitative Data with Graphs
  • Describing Quantitative Data with Numbers

Chapter 2: Modeling Distributions of Data

  • Describing Location in a Distribution
  • Normal Distributions

Chapter 3: Describing Relationships

  • Scatterplots and Correlation
  • Least-Squares Regression

Chapter 4: Designing Studies

  • Sampling and Surveys
  • Experiments
  • Using Studies Wisely

Chapter 5: Probability: What Are the Chances?

  • Randomness, Probability, and Simulation
  • Probability Rules
  • Conditional Probability and Independence

Chapter 6: Random Variables

  • Discrete and Continuous Random Variables
  • Transforming and Combining Random Variables
  • Binomial and Geometric Random Variables

Chapter 7: Sampling Distributions

  • What Is a Sampling Distribution?
  • Sample Proportions
  • Sample Means

Chapter 8: Estimating with Confidence

  • Confidence Intervals: The Basics
  • Estimating a Population Proportion
  • Estimating a Population Mean

Chapter 9: Testing a Claim

  • Significance Tests: The Basics
  • Tests about a Population Proportion
  • Tests about a Population Mean

Chapter 10: Comparing Two Populations or Groups

  • Comparing Two Proportions
  • Comparing Two Means

Chapter 11: Inference for Distributions of Categorical Data

  • Chi-Square Goodness-of-Fit Tests
  • Inference for Relationships

Chapter 12: More about Regression

  • Inference for Linear Regression
  • Transforming to Achieve Linearity


Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

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This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



Sample Video Lectures

Sample Video

Click on the image below to play a two minute sample of a full 7+ minute video lecture. 

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Click on the image below to play a full sample video lecture.

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