A Tax Professor's Guide to Formative Assessment

Forthcoming 22 Florida Tax Review __ (2019)

56 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2019

See all articles by Heather M. Field

Heather M. Field

University of California Hastings College of the Law

Date Written: May 15, 2019

Abstract

The ABA Standards now require formative assessment to be integrated into law school courses, and there is extensive literature, both in legal education and education more generally, about the goals and methods for formative assessment. This Article makes the key insights of that literature accessible and actionable for professors teaching tax courses. This crash course on formative assessment is intended to enable tax professors to integrate formative assessment into their classrooms effectively and efficiently without having to become legal pedagogy scholars in addition to being tax law scholars. The formative assessment techniques discussed herein range from those that require relatively little time and effort to those that may be particularly impactful but that require additional time and work. This Article also discusses strategies for reducing the burden of even the work-intensive approaches. Ultimately, by using numerous examples from basic federal income tax, corporate tax, and partnership tax courses, I hope to make it easier for tax professors to figure out which approach(es) to formative assessment is(are) likely to work best for their students, make it easier for tax professors to implement their chosen formative assessment techniques in their classrooms, and make it easier for tax professors to achieve their goals for their classes as successfully as possible, all at as little cost as possible.

Keywords: tax, formative assessment, ABA Standard 314, pedagogy, teaching, legal education

JEL Classification: K34, K40, A23, I2

Suggested Citation

Field, Heather M., A Tax Professor's Guide to Formative Assessment (May 15, 2019). Forthcoming 22 Florida Tax Review __ (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388943

Heather M. Field (Contact Author)

University of California Hastings College of the Law ( email )

200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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