UTexas drops national test measuring what students learn over 4 years of college after dismal scores
Kate Hardiman –
After being one of the first institutions of higher education a decade ago to implement the Collegiate Learning Assessment, an exam that measures students’ academic growth after four years of college, the University of Texas at Austin has since dropped the requirement after dismal test scores.
The Washington Post outed the university in 2012 for scoring in the lowest quartile among peer institutions on the assessment, which aims to measure students’ critical thinking skills and writing abilities after four years of college.
The Post’s reporting was inspired by a widely touted “Academically Adrift” study that analyzed the assessment’s scores — finding 36 percent of college students made no significant progress in written communication or reasoning ability between freshman and senior years of college.