September 19, 2010
A Measure of Education Is Put to the Test
Results of national exam will go public in 2012
Wyatt McSpadden for the Chronicle
You have 90 minutes to complete this test.
Here is your scenario: You are the assistant to a provost who wants to measure the quality of your university's general-education program. Your boss is considering adopting the Collegiate Learning Assessment, or CLA, a national test that asks students to demonstrate their ability to synthesize evidence and write persuasively.
The CLA is used at more than 400 colleges. Since its debut a decade ago, it has been widely praised as a