Misleading Statistics: Definition & Examples


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What are misleading statistics?

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1. Which of the following is not a way in which statistics can be misleading?

2. This year, Baker County had higher test scores in its school districts than Collier County and publishes the results in the newspaper. The county attribute these results to better school districts and higher quality teachers. However, Baker has been using the same standardized test for five years, while Collier is using a brand-new test. What type of misleading statistic is this an example of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

If you use this worksheet and accompanying quiz, you'll test your knowledge of statistics and ways they can be formed to mislead people. To do well, you'll need to determine the type of misleading statistic presented in a given scenario.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Work through these materials to check your understanding of:

  • What misleading statistics are
  • Types of misleading statistics
  • Examples of misleading statistics

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most relevant details from the lesson on misleading statistics
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the different types of misleading statistics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to review how statistics can be formed so that they mislead people

Additional Learning

In order to cover more information about misleading statistics, you can check out the corresponding lesson titled Misleading Statistics: Definition & Examples. Utilize this lesson to help you:

  • Review what statistics refers to
  • Examine why people use misleading statistics
  • Determine how to avoid being misled by statistics