The College Work and Readiness Assessment (CWRA+) will be administered Jan. 28 to Feb. 13 to students enrolled in grade 11 English courses. High schools will notify students and parents of the specific testing date at their sites.
The CWRA+ is an online assessment that includes a performance task and 25 selected-response items that help measure students’ critical thinking and written communication skills. The performance task presents students with a real-world scenario accompanied by documents for their review and written discussion. The selected-response questions also utilize realistic documents such as speeches, editorials and blog posts about which students answer multiple choice questions.
CWRA+ results are not used as an English grade, rather the results allow the school division to evaluate students’ higher-level thinking skills and readiness for college and/or work. Insights gained from assessment results also assist the division in improving instruction and learning in six areas: analysis and problem solving, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading and evaluation, and critiquing an argument.
Students will receive CWRA+ results in individual reports sent to their homes.
More information about the CWRA+, including a student guide, sample questions, scoring criteria and frequently asked questions, is available on vbschools.com.