February 29, 2004

Presentation next week

I was invited to give a presentation in Phoenix next week, on a topic of my choice. No, it's not a job interview (or at least not that I'm aware of). Fortunately, I was intending to be in California anyway, and my brother Ron's family is in Tempe, so this'll be fine. I just need to figure out how to flesh out my talk on "Sideways Policy Analysis: An Historian Looks at High-Stakes Testing."

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February 5, 2004

Hurrah for keeping notes!

I unearthed my dissertation notes and copies of archival materials from 1990 and 1991 and discovered that—as I had hoped—I had copied student enrollment information from Atlanta and New York City schools from the mid-20th century. I'm not sure if it has all the information necessary to calculate student net flows, but I can hope!

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February 4, 2004

Getting back to reading

Finished one batch of short papers yesterday for the undergraduate class—had graded it the prior week (which is easy, as it's pass/fail, and grading is much harder than providing comments) and had gotten bogged down in a number of things while trying to provide comments. Then I got through two batches of quiz answers for the graduate class, and now it's time to switch back to quiz answers for the undergraduate class from the last week or so. Reading and commenting on low-stakes student work is an enjoyable task for me, but it requires some time.

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