Developed by the RAND Corporation and the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) and launched in the fall of 2000, the CLA is a standardized testing initiative that allows for a direct measure of student learning by combining two types of testing components, 1) a set of real-world performance tasks, and 2) a set of analytic writing prompts. These are used to measure student learning in the areas of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and written communication. Beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year, this assessment has been administered annually to entering freshmen in the fall and graduating seniors in the spring at Stanislaus State, with the exception of 2009/10 and 2015/16. For more information about the enhanced CLA introduced in 2013/14, see Introducing CLA+: Fostering Great Critical Thinkers.


Updated: April 24, 2023