We believe students, in order to be college and career ready, need a foundation of knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines – and the skills necessary to apply that knowledge.
Those skills include a sense of personal agency, critical thinking and the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively. To gauge student growth and attainment of these skills, NTN uses assessments based on performance tasks grounded in real-world scenarios and calibrated to college-ready standards.
NTN uses the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) as one tool to measure college readiness in a representative sample of network schools. The CWRA assesses student performance in analytical reasoning and evaluation, problem solving, writing effectiveness and writing mechanics through realistic performance tasks. Results provide an estimate of students’ growth of these skills during high school and compare New Tech high school seniors’ skills to the higher order thinking skills of freshmen attending 4-year colleges.