CWRA+ (College and Work Readiness Assessment) is a performance assessment for learning that directly assesses students’ critical-thinking, problem-solving, data-literacy, and written-communication skills.
Using a performance-task approach for both middle and high school students, CWRA+ assesses a subset of critical-thinking and written-communication skills. Results are generally available within four to six weeks. Accommodations may be made for students with individualized education plans (IEPs).
What is being assessed and reported?
The CWRA+ Performance Task asks students to use critical-thinking skills, such as synthesizing, evaluating, and analyzing information from reference documents. CWRA+ differs from many assessment types in that it requires complex and sophisticated thought processes, and there may be more than one correct answer.
The subscore areas for the 60-minute Performance Task section are:
- Analysis and Problem Solving
- Writing Effectiveness
- Writing Mechanics
Trained scorers use a rubric to score student responses.
The Selected-Response Questions section is comprised of 25 questions that require students to apply their critical-thinking skills. Students demonstrate their understanding of logic, the use and interpretation of data, and the reliability of information.
The subscore areas for the 30-minute Selected-Response Questions are:
- Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning
- Critical Reading and Evaluation
- Critiquing an Argument
CWRA+ design is built on years of research about the most effective ways to assess competencies. Background information, published briefs, articles, and white papers on CWRA+ can be found in Resources for CWRA+.
You can download a sample of the High School CWRA+ assessment or contact CAE to experience the assessment on the same online platform students use to take CWRA+.