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Uses of CWRA+

Uses of CWRA+

Our member schools use the CWRA+ to support their efforts to prove the effectiveness of their program, conduct efficacy research, and assess student readiness.

Schools use CWRA+ results to learn how they can improve their programs of study.
Millennium Brooklyn High School has a research curriculum in which students take quantitative and qualitative research elective courses. CWRA+ was selected as a tool to assess learning because of its performance task approach and statistically reliable and valid results. Students are given CWRA+ in consecutive years to measure their growth and inform classroom practices. CWRA+ allows Millennium Brooklyn High School to assess student learning in a fashion aligned with classroom practices and use those results to identify program strengths and weaknesses.

Schools use CWRA+ results to help communicate success and to mark progress.
Recognizing that critical thinking and effective communication are as important as content knowledge, districts like Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Catalina Foothills School District use CWRA+ in addition to traditional measures.

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools use CWRA+ results in addition to other assessments to help measure a student’s critical thinking, problem solving, and writing effectiveness skills.  Virginia Beach assesses all 11th grade students, matches skills associated with the assessment into curriculum resources, and includes CWRA+ results on student transcripts.  The school division also works to inform parents and the wider community about CWRA+ via information posted on its website. 
  • Catalina Foothills uses freshmen results to better understand students' specific strengths and weaknesses after their K-8 experience, making formative use of the results. The junior level results measure the district's long-term contribution to the development of academic and 21st century skills, including the effects of changes to curriculum and instruction. Another result of using the CWRA+ was the redesign of the district's common assessment plan. Catalina now uses common performance-based tasks, modeled after the CWRA+, at grades 1-12.
  • Schools like Far Hills Country Day School use CWRA+ to help assess the progress of, and to reflect the move to, project-based and student-centered learning practices, testing 6th-8th grade students in consecutive years.

Schools and districts use CWRA+ to evaluate the efficacy of innovative practices. 
Schools are transitioning to competency based or personalized learning models and need reliable assessments to benchmark and measure their progress. 

  • A public high school tests 10th grade students each spring. Competency based learning is just one example, as many schools pursue new or expanding STEM, Maker Space, Project Based, Inquiry, Expeditionary learning models.
  • A large network of schools uses the data from their selected participating schools to help provide insights into critical thinking gains.

CAE provides advice on how to design and implement a study. Start by looking at our Guide for Using CLA+/CWRA+ for Efficacy Studies.