February 7–9, 2019 │ Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

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On February 7–9, 2019, NCBE and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) cosponsored a conference for law school faculty, researchers, and staff with the goal of advancing understanding of sound testing and assessment principles and implementation that support law schools’ educational missions.

The conference focused on innovative ways to measure student success. A range of measurement topics were discussed during the conference, including bar preparation, job and skills analyses, test development, standard setting, validity and reliability, and outcomes assessments.

Participants gained from the conference a better knowledge of

  • assessment principles and how to evaluate high-stakes tests;
  • core concepts in test design—including equity and fairness in testing, as well as test evaluation, scoring, and security; and
  • how a high-stakes admission test and a licensure test differ and standards that are required of each.

They also received advice on how to build high-quality formative and summative assessments and to meet accreditation standards directed at outcomes assessment.

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