States Demand That Colleges Show How Well Their Students Learn

States Demand That Colleges Prove Their Students Are Learning 1

Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

At Northwest Missouri State U., students must take the Proficiency Profile, assessing their skills in math, reading, and writing. The university, among others in the state, has chosen to be evaluated on the basis of the test.

Some of the hallmarks of No Child Left Behind are creeping into higher education.

The 2002 law was intended to hold elementary and secondary schools accountable for improving the academic achievement of all students. It has come to be reviled by many teachers for what they see as a narrowing of the curriculum to the material covered on standardized tests, and for punishing schools for their students' performance.

Professors often invoke the law in objecting to calls for