Paralegal Data Analysis, 2014-2015

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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: 70% of students will get each question related to terminology correct.
 
Projected Sample Size: 14
Actual Sample Size: 15
 
Data Indicating Student Strengths/Learning: 100% of students achieved a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #1. Key terminology Questions are reviewed after the examination to ensure that all students understand the definition of the term. 100% of students achieved a 100% on Examination #1.
 
Data Indicating Student Weaknesses: There were no weaknesses according to this data. All students achieved 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #1.
 
Data Indicating Learning Trends: Students improved on Key Terminology Examination #1 when compared to the past. In Fall 2012, 94% of students achieved a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #1. In Fall 2013, 27% of students achieved lower than 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #1.
 
Project B:  Key Terminology Examination #2
Success Standard: 70% of students will get each question related to terminology correct.
 
Projected Sample Size: 14
Actual Sample Size: 13. One of the students dropped the class. One of the students did not take Examination #2.
 
Data Indicating Student Strengths/Learning: 92% of students achieved a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #2. Questions are reviewed after the examination to ensure that all students understand the definition of the term. There was not a key term that every student missed during this assessment.
 
Data Indicating Student Weaknesses: 8% of students achieved lower than a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #2. 
 
Data Indicating Learning Trends: There was decline in performance by students from Examination #1 to Examination #2. Students improved on Key Terminology Examination #2 in comparison to Fall 2013, where 63% of students achieved a 70% or better score, but did worse in comparison to Fall 2012, where 92% of students achieved a 70% or better score on Examination #2.  
 
Project C:  Key Terminology Examination #3
Success Standard: 70% of students will get each question related to terminology correct.
 
Projected Sample Size: 14
Actual Sample Size:  11. A total of four students did not take examination #3
 
Data Indicating Student Strengths/Learning: 100% of students achieved a 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #3. Key terminology Questions are reviewed after the examination to ensure that all students understand the definition of the term. 100% of students achieved a 100% on Examination #3.
 
Data Indicating Student Weaknesses: There were no weaknesses according to this data. All students achieved 70% or better score on the Key Terminology Examination #3.
                                                                              
Data Indicating Learning Trends: There was an improvement by students from Examination #2 to Examination #3. Students improved on Key Terminology Examination #3 in comparison to Fall 2013, where 72% of students achieved a 70% or better on Examination #3.
 
Analysis:  In Project A, 100% of students achieved a score of 70% or better on the Key Terminology Examination #1. In Project B, 94% of students achieved a score of 70% or better on the Key Terminology Examination #2. In Project C, 100% of students achieved a score of 70% or better on the Key Terminology Examination #3. The lowest score in Project A was a 100%. The lowest score on Project B was 38%. The lowest score on Project C was 100%. The overall average on Project A was 100%. The overall average on Project B was 78%. The overall average on Project C was 100%. It can be discerned that although slight there was some decline from Project A to Project B in terms of the overall average. It is significant that scores declined from Project A to Project B, and then improved again in Project C, 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: 50% of students will correctly identify each element of the case brief.
 
Projected Sample Size: 14
Actual Sample Size: 15
 
Data Indicating Student Strengths/Learning: 20% of students correctly identified each element of the case brief.
Data Indicating Weaknesses: 80% of students did not correctly identify each element of the case brief.
Data Indicating Trends: The data compared in the Fall 2012 assessment was somewhat different because it was part of an assignment as opposed to being part of an examination. Comparing the data for Project A 2013 to Project A 2014, there was improvement. In Fall 2013, 9% of students correctly identified each element of the case brief. In Fall 2014, 20% of students correctly identified each element of the case brief.
 
Project B:  Case Brief Final
Success Standard: 80% of students will correctly identify each element of the case brief.
 
Projected Sample Size: 14
Actual Sample Size: 11
 
Data Indicating Student Strengths/Learning: 73% of students correctly identified each element of the case brief.
Data Indicating Weaknesses: 27% of students did not correctly identify each element of the case brief.
Data Indicating Trends: The data compared in the Fall 2012 assessment, was somewhat different because it was part of an assignment as opposed to being part of an examination. Comparing the data for Project B 2013 to Project B 2014, there was improvement. In Fall 2013, 27% of students correctly identified each element of the case brief. In Fall 2014, 73% of students correctly identified each element of the case brief.
 
Analysis:  In Project A, only 3 students (20%) correctly identified each and every element of the case brief. In Project B there was significant improvement where 8 students (73%) correctly identified each and every element of the case brief. All students turned in this portion of the exam. The lowest score on Project A was a 20%. The overall average on Project A was 73%. The lowest score on Project B was 84%. The overall average for Project B was 96%. It can be discerned that there was an increase in overall average from Project A to Project B. Although specific data is not available, I believe that 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 extract the information from judicial opinions. 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 facts, issues and holdings within a court case as the student conducts this exercise more frequently.