Language for describing variability

A helpful document with language for describing variability in a dataset.


  • 6, 7, 8, 9+


  • Analyzing and interpreting data, Engaging in argument from evidence, Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information, Patterns

Statistical Concepts: 

  • Group comparison, Variability


  • analyzing data, Describing variability, graphing data, interpreting data

Graph Types: 

  • Box plot, Dot plot, Frequency plot


Asking questions and defining problems
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers.
Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.
Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.