Bring your class to life by using real data in the classroom. The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program offers K-12 teachers free online activities.
Our resources use census data in geography, history, math, English and sociology to help students understand the value and everyday use of statistics.
Benefits of the SIS program include cross-curricular activities that are aligned with relevant education standards and guidelines. Teachers do not have to be experts in math to incorporate statistics into their classrooms. SIS activities are designed to supplement the existing lessons being taught in a multitude of subjects, and they can be extended or easily modified.
In addition, students are encouraged to use technology to access local data such as State Facts for Students, which allows them to discover information about their state; QuickFacts, an application that displays tables, maps, and charts of frequently requested statistics; and Census Business Builder, an easy way to access and use key demographic and economic data.
The Census Bureau is the primary source of economic and demographic data for the United States. Its subject matter experts in collaboration with teachers across the nation were involved in the creation of the program’s activities; thus, making SIS uniquely qualified to support statistics education.