Friday, September 25, 2015
Bar scores for new lawyers dropped last year. This lead the administrators of the nationwide portion of the state tests to declare that us law professors were either admitting weaker students, or failing to prepare them adequately (too much "practice ready" and not enough doctrine, maybe?). It could be true that scores were lower because the test-takers were not as able, but then I could also be a Martian or a Soviet spy. There's really no evidence of any of those.
What about those lower scores? Well, the administrators served up a different test, adding a new section (civil procedure) to the prior six subjects. A basic statistics quiz: you have two populations, A and B, and two treatments, gamma and delta. You apply treatment gamma to A and delta to B, and observe different results. What can you infer about the differences between A and B?
So, yeah, I will start paying attention to this story right after I get back from my meeting with Kruschev.