Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Uh-oh--Here come college exit tests

The SATs are about what you learned in school and  now seniors at about 200 colleges will take a test on what they learned in college.

Didn't see that one coming, did you?

Douglas Belkin writes about this in the WSJ, Aug 26, 2103. It's called the Collegiate Learning Assessment (catchy). CLA+ for short.

It's a report card for critical thinking skills.

Employers say grades can be misleading. They want another indicator. Grade points have been rising, but kids seem less prepared to work. Only one in four employers think colleges are doing a good job.

The value of a diploma is getting harder to estimate--and justify.

One student said, "It kinda sucks that employers can't trust GPAs."

Yeah--he's a genius.

Some students even take the Graduate Record Exam and if they get a high score, use it on their resume.

The good news, I guess, is that this post-college testing is voluntary--but it may become more and more highly advised, which is the same as not voluntary.

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