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CWRA+ - College and Work Readiness Assessment

Measuring Critical Thinking for High Schools and Middle Schools

About CWRA+

The College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+) directly measures student performance on critical-thinking and written-communication skills, such as analysis and problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading and evaluation, and critiquing an argument, in addition to writing mechanics and effectiveness.

  • CWRA+ uses Performance Tasks to assess critical-thinking skills. These tasks deliver problem-based assessment by challenging students to address real-life issues.
  • Performance-based assessments, such as CWRA+, challenge students to demonstrate skills, rather than to simply recall information. Students need to be able to analyze and evaluate information, solve problems, and communicate effectively.
  • Students must be able to access, structure, and use information rather than just accumulating facts.
  • Each year, more than 200 middle and secondary schools use CWRA+ to help them assess learning outcomes important to their school communities.