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Assessment Design and Sample

Assessment Design and Sample

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

Assessment Design
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+.