Fall Data Challenge: After the Bell

Investigate family involvement in K-12 student success by participating in the seventh annual Fall Data Challenge! Each year, This is Statistics challenges undergraduate and high school students to analyze real-world data and make recommendations to address important issues.  

Students will work in teams as they analyze data on the K-12 educational experience “After the Bell.” This year’s theme will require student teams to dive into data on the impacts of school choice and family engagement in school activities and homework. Teams will provide recommendations on factors that best optimize family involvement and support of K-12 students’ academic excellence. 

Submissions will be accepted from October 17 to November 6, at 11:59pm EST.

How does it work?  

Teams of 2-5 students currently enrolled in high school or college may participate. Each team must have a sponsor such as a teacher, professor or parent. Inter-organizational teams are allowed. Teams with both high school and undergraduate students on the same team will be judged in the undergraduate category. Middle school students will be accepted but will be judged in the high school category.  

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Submission details

Teams are required to submit a presentation (PowerPoint slides or recorded video) with the goal of analyzing data from the 2019 Parents and Family Involvement (PFI) Survey to provide insights on factors impacting K-12 education. Students may also include the 2016 PFI Survey in their analysis for an optional greater challenge.

It should be clear from the presentation how the team utilized available data to develop their recommendations, as well as a description of the technical details of their work. The presentation must be no more than 10 slides or 5 minutes of recorded video. All submitted material must be in English.

Submissions must be made via the form on the Fall Data Challenge web page by 11:59pm EST on Nov. 6, 2022. Awards will be given in the categories of Best Overall Analysis, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data. 

Prizes 

  • $50 Amazon gift card 
  • Complimentary student memberships to the American Statistical Association for each student participant 
  • Fall Data Challenge winner t-shirt for each student participant and sponsor 
  • Bragging rights
  • The chance to apply statistical skills to a real-world issue 

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