Paralegal Data Analysis

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Outcome 1: Identify the areas of law and concepts that apply to a fact situation.

Project A:  Key Terminology Examination #1
Success Standard: 80% of students will achieve a 70% score on the Key Terminology Examination.   

Strengths: 94% of students achieved a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination. For Individual Key Terminology Questions, if every student misses a question, that particular key term is reviewed again in class. There was not a key term that every student missed during this assessment.
Weaknesses: 6% of students achieved lower than 70% score on the Key Terminology Examination.
Trends: Baseline Data

Project B:  Key Terminology Examination #2
Success Standard: 80% of students will achieve an 80% score on the Key Terminology Examination.  

Strengths: 94% of students achieved a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination.
Weaknesses: 6% of students achieved lower than 70% score on the Key Terminology Examination.
Trends: Baseline Data

Analysis:  In Project A, 80% of students achieved a score of 70% or better on the Key Terminology Examination. In Project B, 80% of students achieved a score of 80% or better on the Key Terminology Examination. In Project A, there was one student that did not achieve a score of 70% or better on the Key Terminology Examination. In Project B, there was one student that did not achieve a score of 80% or better on the Key Terminology Examination. The lowest score on Project A was a 61%. The lowest score on Project B was a 65%. The overall average on Project A was 87%. The overall average on Project B was 91%. It can be discerned that although slight there was some improvement from Project A to Project B in terms of the lowest score and the overall average. It is significant that scores improved from Project A to Project B because this demonstrates that student learning may improve as the student is exposed to the key legal terminology over time. Learning outcomes for the Key Terminology Examinations may improve as students hear the terms more frequently. It may be beneficial for students to be exposed throughout an entire semester to key legal terminology, as opposed to merely an abbreviated time as needed for a certificate program.    

 

Outcome 2:   Identify the facts, issues, and holdings within a court case.

Project A:  Case Brief Initial
Success Standard: 80% of students will correctly identify 50% on checklist.  

Strengths: 92% of students correctly identified 50% on the checklist.
Weaknesses: 8% of students did not correctly identify 50% on the checklist.
Trends: Baseline Data

Project B:  Case Brief Final
Success Standard: 80% of students will correctly identify 80% on checklist.  

Strengths: 100% of students correctly identified 80% on the checklist.
Weaknesses: 0% of students did not correctly identify 80% on the checklist.
Trends: Baseline Data

Analysis: In Project A, 100% of students correctly identified 50% or better items on the checklist. In Project B, 80% of students correctly identified 80% or better items on the checklist. In Project A, there was one student that failed to turn in the assignment. In Project B, there were three students that failed to turn in the assignment. Students that failed to complete the assignments are not included in these assessment statistics. The lowest score on Project A was a 76%. The lowest score on Project B was a 93%. The overall average on Project A was 92%. The overall average on Project B was 98%. It can be discerned that although slight there was some increase from Project A to Project B in terms of the overall average. Although specific data is not available, I believe the increase in scores from Project A to Project B results from the students being required to complete similar assignments multiple times throughout the semester, thereby improving their awareness and ability to format properly. The primary mistake in the initial case brief was the failure to adhere to the formatting guidelines.  Assessing the scores only for students that completed the assignment demonstrates improvement in the overall results. The overall average in Project A was 92% and the overall average in Project B was 98%. It can be discerned that although slight there was some improvement from Project A to Project B in terms of the overall average of those students that completed the assignment. It is significant that scores improved from Project A to Project B because this demonstrates that student learning may improve as the student practices identifying the facts, issues and holdings within a court case. Learning outcomes for the identification of facts, issues, and holdings within a court case may improve as students complete the exercise more frequently.