Robinson School prides itself on being the only school in Puerto Rico to administer the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+). The CWRA measures problem solving, writing effectiveness and mechanics, the ability to critique an argument, scientific and quantitative reasoning, and analysis. Unlike the majority of K-12 standardized assessments in use that require students to respond primarily to content-based multiple choice questions, the CWRA+ was selected for its focus on skill development through the assessment of performance tasks. With Robinson School’s commitment to its mission of developing globally-minded students with the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century, the CWRA+ serves as an invaluable tool to evaluate student growth.
Analysis of the data over the past three years demonstrates significant growth by students and by the school as a whole. As students graduate through grade levels at Robinson School, there is significant development by students in the skills being assessed by the CWRA+.As students grow within the Robinson School academic program, they develop the ability to creatively solve complex real-world problems, think critically, communicate effectively and interpret and analyze data. Along with engaging students with the content in their classes, Robinson promotes within its students the necessary higher order thinking skills demanded by colleges and universities.
Analysis of the data for each grade level (6th, 9th and 11th) in which the CWRA+ is offered also suggests significant improvement in academic programs as part of Robinson School’s commitments to its students and families. This can be attributed to the challenging and nurturing educational environment fostered by Robinson School, the commitment made by Robinson community to the IB program, and the close partnership enjoyed by Robinson students, families and teachers.
When comparing Robinson CWRA+ results with those of the other academic institutions in the United States taking the assessment, we continue to see positive trends for our learners. We remain committed to working to develop the skills necessary for success in our students, as well as further reinforce our academic programs. Robinson School will continue to use CWRA+ data to assist in guiding its decisions related to its academic program, as well as use individual student assessment data to assist teachers in implementing individualized programming for each child.