The Collegiate Learning Assessment is a national program of the Council for Aid to Education. It offers participating institutions an opportunity to assess the critical writing skills of freshmen and seniors, and view evidence of progress in this important skill area. This internetbased assessment is offered to freshmen in the fall and seniors in the spring by the office of Testing, Evaluation & Assessment. Institutions receive complete data files at the end of the testing year, while students are given access to their scores online along with a comparison of their performance to students who also took the assessment. The Collegiate Learning Assessment is a component of the Voluntary System of Accountability for many institutions such as ours.
The Collegiate Learning Assessment will be administered once again in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014. Demonstrations of the assessment will be available to faculty and staff this fall and spring. Dates for these will be posted on this website as they become available.
Results of the last completed administration of the Collegiate Learning Assessment from the 20122013 academic year are summarized in the tables below. For the complete report, please click here. Valueadded and precision estimates can be found on page 3 of this report.
CSULB Freshman Performance Fall 2012  
n 
Mean Score 
Mean Score Percentile Rank 
25th Percentile Score 
75th Percentile Score  
Total CLA Score 
135 
1191 
92 
1095 
1282 
Performance Task 
69 
1190 
91 
1095 
1289 
Analytic Writing Task 
66 
1193 
94 
1131 
1269 
n=number of freshmen who participated; a total of 135 freshmen took the CLA in fall 2012; of these, 69 were randomly assigned the performance task and the remaining 66 were assigned the analytic writing task; CLA participants had higher SAT math and verbal scores than nonparticipants (math = 538 versus 519 respectively, and English = 521 versus 495 respectively; these differences are statistically significant at the .01 level). Mean score= average score of CSULB freshmen on the CLA overall and on the particular task they completed Mean score percentile rank= percent of participating CLA schools with lower performance than CSULB students 25th and 75th percentile scores = average scores at the 25th and 75th percentile ranks for participating CLA schools Mean total score of all CLA schools: 1055 
CSULB Senior Performance Spring 2013  
n 
Mean Score 
Mean Score Percentile Rank 
25th Percentile Score 
75th Percentile Score 

Total CLA Score 
104 
1252 
85 
1156 
1338 
Performance Task 
53 
1250 
84 
1143 
1338 
Analytic Writing Task 
51 
1255 
85 
1163 
1339 
n=number of seniors who participated; a total of 104 seniors took the CLA in spring 2013; of these, 53 were randomly assigned the performance task and the remaining 51 were assigned the analytic writing task; CLA participants had similar SAT math scores, but higher SAT verbal scores (math = 540 versus 525 respectively, with insignificant differences; English = 527 versus 500 respectively; SAT verbal differences were significant at the .01 level). Mean score= average score of CSULB seniors on the CLA overall and on the particular task they completed Mean score percentile rank= percent of participating CLA schools with lower performance than CSULB students 25th and 75th percentile scores = average scores at the 25th and 75th percentile ranks for participating CLA schools Mean total score of all CLA schools: 1162 