International Testing of a Performance-Based Assessment in Higher Education

Dr. Doris Zahner and Fiorella Kostoris | June 7, 2017 | CAE

International assessments in higher education are especially challenging because differences across countries (e.g., educational systems, SES) increase the complexity of testing. This becomes even more challenging when using performance-based assessments, which are becoming more prominent in assessment

ANVUR collaborated with the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) to adapt, translate, administer, and score the CLA+, a performance-based assessment of critical-thinking and written communication skills, to Italian university students. The objectives of this study were to see if it was feasible to assess Italian students’ skills, to conduct a cross-country comparison of Italians and Americans, and to validate the importance of these skills in the labor market.