Today’s secondary school students face greater demands in school, work, and life than ever before. The skills required of today’s students are far greater than those expected of students just a decade ago. How can one assess if students are prepared to be successful in a world of increasing complexity?
CAE proposes a solution. Since 2007, CAE has administered a popular critical-thinking assessment, the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+). To date, more than 200 middle and secondary schools in the United States and internationally have adopted CWRA+.
CAE uses a performance-based model to measure critical-thinking skills effectively. Performance-based assessments challenge students to demonstrate skills, rather than to simply recall information. Students must analyze and evaluate information, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Students taking CWRA+ must be able to access, structure, and use information. CWRA+ tasks assess problem-based learning by challenging students to address real-life issues.