Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), If Law Schools Were Serious About Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness, We'd ....:
Over at Prawfsblawg, Jennifer Bard runs the same old concerns about student evaluations up the flagpole one more time. She provides links to some of the vast literature on how lousy student evaluations are at measuring inputs. But who cares?
In 26 years of law teaching, I have yet to come across anybody in the legal academy who was really willing to face the hard reality that what matters are outcomes.
The question ought not to be how popular a given teacher is (which is what evaluations currently measure for the most part), but how well have our students learned the skills and knowledge they will need for practicing law. But how to measure that fact?
Well, how about a No Law Student Left Behind approach?
(Hat Tip: Greg McNeal.)