The CLA+ is a performance-based assessment that measures students’ higher-order thinking skills. This is done by presenting students with a real-world situation in which an issue, problem, or conflict is identified. Students are asked to assume a relevant role to address the issue, suggest a solution, or recommend a course of action based on the information provided in a document library. We have found these higher-order thinking skills to be relevant and measurable across cultures.
CAE has conducted international testing in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Oman, Spain, The Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the United Arab Emirates.
Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) Feasibility Study
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) facilitated a feasibility study to measure if it is practically and scientifically feasible to assess what students know and can do upon graduation from a bachelor’s degree program. The feasibility study measured higher-order skills (referred to as Generic Skills in the AHELO feasibility study), and discipline-specific skills in economics and engineering.
CAE worked with country team members in nine different countries: Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Norway, the Slovak Republic, and the United States.
CAE led adaptation and translation work of two CLA tasks for the Generic Skills strand to ensure that they were culturally appropriate for each participating country. Testing occurred in spring 2012. For more information about this project, please visit OECD’s AHELO website.