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Math Lesson: NCAA Rankings

My latest contribution to the NYT Learning Network is a mathematics lesson build around the way NCAA basketball teams are ranked.


Quantitative rankings are ubiquitous these days, and they are playing an ever-increasing role in teaching.  Colleges have been “ranked” by publications for years, but now public schools are being assigned grades and even teachers can be ranked according to complicated, and often controversial, formulas.

These rankings only make as much sense as the underlying mathematics.  Hopefully, through investigating the way the NCAA ranks basketball teams, teachers and students can learn to deconstruct these ranking systems and better evaluate their utility .

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