Business Statistics introduces students to statistics and finance through  business applications that will enhance their future employment and college prospects.  Authentic projects illuminate abstract statistical concepts in a variety of real world contexts.  Besides attaining statistical proficiencies, students master Excel software, develop financial literacy skills, and document these skills for future employment, internship and college applications.  In meeting these educational and career goals, a broad range of California math standards are covered including some that often go unaddressed in the core math curriculum required for graduation.    

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Highlights of Course Design

2016-7 Course Flyer

CTE Pathway Training Materials

CTE Career Pathway Introduction Video

LAUSD Key Elements of High Quality CTE Programs

CTE Online Butte County DOE 

Free EXCEL Certification

Students Can Become Certified MOS Excel Specialists/Experts

Approved UC/CSU Math Course (Full Year "C" Course)

Students Applying To UCs & CSUs Be Sure To Use Business Statistics AB

Common Core Alignment with Math Domains

Common Core Alignment 2013-14

Big Data, Internet of Things  & Careers In Data 

"There will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions."                                                        McKinsey Global Institute, Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity (2011)

Check Out The Big Data Resources Available 

To My Fellow Educators: 

"EXCELlent Instructional Strategies" Presentation: 

"EXCELlent Instructional Strategies For Common Core Math Standards & Financial Literacy"  Learn the advantages of Excel-based instruction.  See specific examples where below average math students achieved exceptional results, and positively changed their perception of math. Discover the employment advantages for students who become proficient in Excel while still in high school.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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Packed Full of CA & National Standards:  These links highlight the Business Statistics course content that covers existing CA standards for A.P. Statistics.  The more detailed College Board course outline has been highlighted as well.  In a separate link, a prospective look has been taken at the recently enacted CA Common Core standards covered in Business Statistics.   This course emphasizes three domains - Functions, Modeling, and Probability & Statistics   

Perspectives on Transitioning to the CA Common Core: This link provides my perspective on the new Calfornia common core reforms.  These changes reorganize math instruction and direct more attention to functions, modeling, and statistics.  Implementation of these ambitious reforms will almost certainly take years to complete and remains a work in progress, but they are a step in the right direction to prepare our students to achieve in the data driven 21st century. While this editorial was written in November 2012, most of these observations remain valid in my humble opinion. 

CA Content Standards & Board Outline  for AP Statistics (Business Statistics Topics Highlighted)

CA Common Core Math Content Standards For Statistics & Probability (Business Statistics Topics Highlighted) 

What qualifications make a good candidate to teach Business Statistics?

Student Engagement is enhanced through addressing the age-old question, “Why do I need to know this?” All course topics begin with very specific references as to when, where and how students will use the statistical and financial knowledge that follows.  Content is taught with a heavy emphasis on the application of skills in real world scenarios.   The links below describe some of the class projects and assignments, as well as a student portfolio from the course's inaugural year.

Students Are Paid To Create Media @ Pepperdine Institute

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EXpanding EXcel To ENglish

2011-12 Class Portfolio of Student Work

Pepperdine Summer Institute Student Videos



Participation Credit Categories

Perfromance Task Two Sample Page

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