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Common Core Standard 6.SP.A.1 Questions

Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example, “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?” is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students’ ages.

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Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
What is a statistical question that could be asked about the information below:

Trail Length
NameMiles
Evans1.75
Turner2.34
Fairway1.69
  1. What is the length of the longest trail?
  2. In what state is the shortest trail?
  3. Who uses the trails?
  4. How are the trails used?
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
The length of each movie in a DVD collection is recorded. Which is not a statistical question for the situation?
  1. What is the length of the shortest movie?
  2. What is the length of the longest movie?
  3. What movie is more than 2 hours long?
  4. What actors star in the longest movie?
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Select each question that represents a statistical question.

Select ALL that apply.
  1. How many days are in the month of May?
  2. What grade did you earn on your math test?
  3. What time do sixth students arrive at school?
  4. What percentage of students play an instrument?
  5. What was the average math test grade for the class?
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
The number of points a basketball player scored each game for one week is recorded. Which is not a statistical question for the situation?
  1. What is the greatest number of points the basketball player scored?
  2. What is the least number of points the basketball player scored?
  3. How many points did the basketball player score in the first game of the week?
  4. How many total points did the basketball player score during the week?
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
In order to determine what type of pizza 6th graders in Coffee Count Middle School prefer, John Doe is conducting a survey of 6th graders at his school. He has given a survey to all of his friends who happen to be in his homeroom. Why might the results of John Doe's survey be biased?
  1. He didn't expand his results to include all grades at his school.
  2. He only gave the survey to his friends, not a random sample of 6th graders.
  3. He only asked about two different kinds of pizza.
  4. He didn't survey students from 8th grade.
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Grade 6 Statistics and Probability Concepts CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Which of the following questions is not statistical?
  1. How old are the students in my classroom?
  2. What is the height of each person in my class?
  3. How old am I?
  4. How many letters are in the names of each person in my class?
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Each student in the sixth grade class was given a survey form to fill out. It asked their preference about the kind of valentine they would like to send. The choices were: roses or a stuffed animal. Roses were preferred 90-to-50 when the votes were counted. But when the students went to send their valentine they discovered that sending candy was also an option. What statement below is true?
  1. The only valentine gifts are roses or stuffed animals.
  2. Even if sending candy had been an option, no student would have sent it.
  3. The majority of students would have chosen to send candy.
  4. If the students had been given the choice of sending candy, some of them may have voted for it.
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Grade 6 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Grade 12 Collecting and Interpreting Data CCSS: 6.SP.A.1
Which of the following is an example of systematic sampling?
  1. In a large school district, all teachers from two buildings are interviewed to determine whether they believe the students have less homework to do now than in previous years.
  2. Every seventh customer entering a shopping mall is asked to select his/her favorite store.
  3. Nursing supervisors are selected using random numbers in order to determine average annual salaries.
  4. Mail carriers of a large city are divided into four groups according to gender and according to whether they walk or ride on their routes. Then 10 are selected from each group and interviewed to determine whether they have been bitten by a dog in the last year.

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