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CLA+ - Collegiate Learning Assessment

Measuring Critical Thinking for Higher Education

About CLA+

CLA+ measures college students’  performance in analysis and problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading and evaluation, and critiquing an argument, in addition to writing mechanics and effectiveness.

  • Performance-based assessments, such as CLA+, challenge students to demonstrate skills, rather than to simply recall information.
  • CAE approaches performance-based learning by challenging students to address real-life issues presented in performance tasks.
  • Students need to be able to analyze and evaluate information, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Beyond simply accumulating facts, they must be able to access, structure, and use information.
  • With CLA+, faculty, administrators, and students receive more data on skills that matter.