Born from the common goals to improve the education system and encourage learning for each and every student, NWEA was founded in 1974, creating one of the first computerized adaptive assessments. Today, we're proud to be the champions of every child. See how we've developed over the years.
Partnership between members of Portland (OR) area school districts and Seattle (WA) Public Schools first formed.
NWEA incorporates as a non-profit organization.
Students in Portland (OR) Public Schools and Hillsboro (OR) Union High School District take the first Achievement Level Tests.
First computerized adaptive tests are given to students in Portland (OR) Public Schools.
Allan Olson, one of the founding partners, is hired as executive director.
First Annual Members' Seminar is held; 12 people representing 5 districts attend.
Development begins for refinement of NWEA's computerized adaptive tests, now called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).
17,000 students take the first MAP tests.
The Learning Continuum is published by NWEA, in conjunction with partner district Allentown (PA).
Half-million dollar grant awarded for the creation of the Growth Research Database.
Idaho is the first to adopt NWEA assessments as the state-wide test.
NWEA partners with more than 1200 school districts and educational agencies, providing nearly 3 million MAP tests to students.
NWEA introduces DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning.
NWEA releases the Dynamic Reporting Suite.