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Beth Donahue

SVP, Assessments


Beth Donahue is Quimbee’s senior vice president of assessments. Beth is an attorney and an expert in the development of multiple-choice assessments, skills-based learning outcomes, and grading rubrics in legal education. Beth has broad experience as a product owner and project manager for assessment-related software development for systems, including test-question banking, exam building, secure exam delivery, question review and approval, administration-irregularity reporting, and score reporting. Prior to joining Quimbee, Beth served in the administration of UNT Dallas College of Law and as vice president of law school product development for the BARBRI Group, where she authored a comprehensive set of skills-based National Legal Education Outcomes for law schools. Beth is also a past program director and lead editor of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)®. In her seven years at the National Conference of Bar Examiners, Beth edited test questions for all drafting committees of the MBE and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination®, planned the transitions of those exams from external development by a vendor to in-house development, and managed the business-side development of all related software. Beth also has experience in K-12 assessment as an information systems manager for Data Recognition Corporation, where her team developed the company’s first web-based, secure online-assessment engine.

Beth regularly serves as a consultant for law schools and has presented at legal-education conferences on the subjects of quality question drafting, exam building, grading with outcome-based scoring rubrics, and developing learning outcomes and formative-assessment programs. She has coached more than a hundred law professors in drafting and editing quality learning outcomes, test questions, and grading rubrics. Beth has published assessment-related articles in The Bar Examiner and the Journal of Legal Education, and co-authored a chapter in The Handbook of Test Security (Routledge Books 2013). Beth graduated with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law and served as a law clerk for a federal district court judge before embarking on her career in education and assessment. Beth is passionate about the potential of formative assessment to drive student learning and the deliberate alignment of what is taught and tested with what is needed to practice law.

Education:

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 1994