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ERIC Number: EJ816362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0193-841X
Assessing School Effectiveness
Klein, Stephen; Freedman, David; Shavelson, Richard; Bolus, Roger
Evaluation Review, v32 n6 p511-525 2008
The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) program measures value added in colleges and universities, by testing the ability of freshmen and seniors to think logically and write clearly. The program is popular enough that it has attracted critics. In this paper, we outline the methods used by the CLA to determine value added. We summarize the criticisms, which revolve around the question of which students take the CLA tests. Typically, samples are not random, so that selection bias is a concern, as is confounding. We respond by showing that criticisms of CLA procedures are not supported by the data. (Contains 4 figures, 3 tables, and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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