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Collegiate Learning Assessment

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 internet-based 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 2012-2013 academic year are summarized in the tables below. For the complete report, please click here. Value-added 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 non-participants (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