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K–12 Assessment

Critical Thinking Performance Assessment (CWRA+)

Critical Thinking Performance Assessment (CWRA+)

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.

Contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about the use of critical-thinking assessments in middle and high school.

More information about CWRA+ can be found here. To request access to a CWRA+ sample assessment please click here.