Each of their placements the psabe placement

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each of their placements, the PSABE placement supervisors might supplement their on-the-job evaluations with one or more simulated exercises. Applying models used in clinical legal education, an applicant night be asked to perform a simulated interview, a counseling session, a negotiating session, a mediation or simulated elements of a trial, such as the presentation of opening and closing statements, direct or cross examinations and the introduction of evidence into the record. One or more of these sessions might be taped and then evaluated by experts in the field.
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 18 Follow-Up If Passing Evaluation Not Received As with the existing bar exam, the PSABE will use a quantitative measure as a passing score; it will reflect the cumulative results of all of the PSBE assessment tools. It will be analogous to the passing score now used for the existing bar exam. The goal will be to quantify minimum competence in the skills being evaluated. In many ways, it will parallel the means by which similar passing scores are developed for law school clinical skills courses. The components of the passing score will be derived from each of the assessment devices used, e.g. , (i) on-the-job assessments, including all oral and written tasks; (ii) any simulated skills evaluations; and (iii) the MPRE and the written performance test. Each component will include evaluations of the applicable MacCrate skills and be given a total value, and the passing score will be a cumulative score derived from adding the scores of all of the components. The various on-the-job assessments might involve multiple observations over the period of the placement. Subject to the limitation of a three month period, this would enable an applicant to repeat a task for which a failing score was received. The weights to be given to the various components would be developed by the PSABE designers. Because of the limited number of openings during the pilot, an applicant who did not ultimately receive a passing PSABE score would only be given the opportunity to take the regular bar exam. The PSABE would implement an appeal process similar to that already in place with respect to appeal avenues for persons failing the current bar exam. First, the current practice with respect to the passing score is for a second evaluator to read the essays whenever the bar candidate receives a score that is within10 points of the passing score. Whatever the new score isbecomes the final score. The short answer parts of the test are checked mechanically simply to ensure there was an accurate count.
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Joint Committee Report - June 14, 2002 Page 19 Using the appeal procedures of the bar exam as a basis, the Committees have concluded that at least some of the evaluation methods for scoring the PSABE should also be subjected to re-evaluations by a second person. Thus, the written performance tests and videotaped skills performances with scores in the marginal range will be reassessed by other evaluators.
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