Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Rogelio A. Lasso, A Blueprint for Using Assessments to Achieve Learning Outcomes and Improve Students’ Learning
We have emphasized the importance of formative assessments as a key part of law student learning for many years on this blog. Professor Rogelio A Lasso has just written an excellent article on learning outcomes and formative assessment:
"For over a decade, there has been agreement among legal educators that assessments are a critical tool to improve students' learning. We are beginning to understand that the types of assessments we use have the greatest influence on how and what students learn. As a result of recent ABA accreditation requirements, there is now a scramble in law schools to adopt assessments that improve students' learning and bar passage rates as to satisfy these new requirements. Nevertheless, there remains no clear methodology to assist doctrinal faculty in creating an effective assessment program. After twenty-seven years of developing assessment programs that have improved students' learning and bar passage rates, this article is an attempt to provide faculty and administrators a blueprint for incorporating an effective assessment program."
I especially like Professor Lasso's advice to explain the learning process and the importance of assessments to students and to guide students' reading prior to class.