College Costs 2

What is the financial benefit for attending a community college for the first two years before transferring to a four-year college? The second part of the educational lesson asks young scholars to explore this question through data analysis and linear modeling. By presenting the problem through a project-based learning model, learners develop a report outlining their work and conclusions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide the scaffolding resources to learners that need additional support
  • Use an online calculator such as Desmos to create the graphical displays and complete the data analysis
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires laptops with Excel software
Pros
  • Technology worksheets provide specific examples and directions for those unfamiliar with Excel software
  • Provides real data from every state
Cons
  • The link from the lesson goes to data from 2007; a Google search for a more recent year produces options for updated data
  • Does not discuss finding an appropriate model for the data; a linear fit is just assumed
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