Cassiodorus' Web

Open source, Open data.

You will find here my work of the past decade or so. From about 2017 to the present, I have been working with North Carolina's elementary school data, and also the state's voter registration data. There are also some older odds and ends I hope you will find interesting. I am a data scientist by way of physics and pharmaceuticals, but not a statistician. I do descriptive statistics, not model building. 

The data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, NCDPI, is primarily in the extensive "disaggregated data" files (if any of you are from the Triangle, you probably know the Irregardless Cafe - my hypothesis is that "disaggregated" was coined over a well-oiled luncheon there). I have included links to these and other data files in the reports in the NCDPI section.

My interest lies primarily in the demonstrably unuseful extension of standardized tests to the ranking of schools, and obstacles to opportunity equity for minority students. I have also looked closely at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro elementary schools, and I present observations concerning the deficits in opportunity equity to be found there.

NCDPI Disaggregated Data Studies

For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived, and dishonest - but the myth - persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John F. Kennedy, Yale University Commencement (June 11, 1962)

CLIWOC Repurposed

Christopher Marlowe
for the 21st Century

Duke University OLLI Class Notes

"I never did repent for doing good"
A Companion to
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 


Writing and Reading the
Declaration of Independence
An Eighteenth-Century Point of View


David Hopp
Durham North Carolina
cassiodorus at hotmail dot com
updated 30may2022 17:40