# Association-related items in the Common Core State Standards

```CCSS RELEVANT TO ASSOCIATION
DIRECT RELEVANCE
Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.
1. Construct and interpret scatter plots for bivariate measurement
data to investigate patterns of association between two quantities.
Describe patterns such as clustering, outliers, positive or negative
association, linear association, and nonlinear association.
2. Know that straight lines are widely used to model relationships
between two quantitative variables. For scatter plots that suggest a
linear association, informally fit a straight line, and informally assess
the model fit by judging the closeness of the data points to the line.
3. Use the equation of a linear model to solve problems in the context
of bivariate measurement data, interpreting the slope and intercept.
For example, in a linear model for a biology experiment, interpret a slope
of 1.5 cm/hr as meaning that an additional hour of sunlight each day is
associated with an additional 1.5 cm in mature plant height.
4. Understand that patterns of association can also be seen in bivariate
categorical data by displaying frequencies and relative frequencies in
a two-way table. Construct and interpret a two-way table summarizing
data on two categorical variables collected from the same subjects.
Use relative frequencies calculated for rows or columns to describe
possible association between the two variables. For example, collect
data from students in your class on whether or not they have a curfew on
school nights and whether or not they have assigned chores at home. Is
there evidence that those who have a curfew also tend to have chores?
Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data Secondary S-ID p.81
Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and
quantitative variables
5. Summarize categorical data for two categories in two-way frequency
tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data
(including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies).
Recognize possible associations and trends in the data.
6. Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and
describe how the variables are related.
a. Fit a function to the data; use functions fitted to data to solve
problems in the context of the data. Use given functions or choose
a function suggested by the context. Emphasize linear, quadratic, and
exponential models.
b. Informally assess the fit of a function by plotting and analyzing
residuals.
c. Fit a linear function for a scatter plot that suggests a linear
association.
Interpret linear models
7. Interpret the slope (rate of change) and the intercept (constant term)
of a linear model in the context of the data.
8. Compute (using technology) and interpret the correlation coefficient
of a linear fit.
9. Distinguish between correlation and causation.
5. Recognize and explain the concepts of conditional probability and
independence in everyday language and everyday situations. For
example, compare the chance of having lung cancer if you are a smoker
with the chance of being a smoker if you have lung cancer.
6. Find the conditional probability of A given B as the fraction of B’s
outcomes that also belong to A, and interpret the answer in terms of
the model.
INDIRECT RELEVANCE
p.82 6. Evaluate reports based on data.
Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability Secondary S-CP
Understand independence and conditional probability and use them
to interpret data p.82
3. Understand the conditional probability of A given B as P(A and
B)/P(B), and interpret independence of A and B as saying that the
conditional probability of A given B is the same as the probability
of A, and the conditional probability of B given A is the same as the
probability of B.
4. Construct and interpret two-way frequency tables of data when two
categories are associated with each object being classified. Use the
two-way table as a sample space to decide if events are independent
and to approximate conditional probabilities. For example, collect
data from a random sample of students in your school on their favorite
subject among math, science, and English. Estimate the probability that a
randomly selected student from your school will favor science given that
the student is in tenth grade. Do the same for other subjects and compare
the results.
p.82 8. (+-means additional mathematics that
students should learn in order to take advanced courses such as calculus,