Data-analytic memos

Over the quarter, you will write four “data-analytic memos” (DAMs).1 Each DAM will task you to use your newly-acquired evaluation skills. Many of the questions will be similar to what you may be asked to do on a future job (whether as an education practitioner, analyst, or researcher). You will also work with real-life education datasets.

You need to show that you made a good faith effort to work each question. Mostly, I will grade your memos using a check system:

I will use these three levels as anchors, but may use the full ten-point range for your grade.

You may (and should!) work together on the DAMs, but you must turn in your own answers. You cannot work in groups of more than three people, and you must note who participated in the group in your assignment.

I will release the memos via Canvas, and you will submit your answers there.


  1. “Following professors Andrew Ho and John Willett, I am calling these assignments “data-analytic memos,” which John Willett referred to fondly as “those DAM things.”↩︎