Research

Dr. Beth Tarasawa
Attention Teachers! Researchers need your feedback!

NWEA researchers, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, are beginning an exciting research project that examines how teachers use assessment data to improve instruction and student learning. We are reaching out to elementary teachers from schools that administer Measures of Academic Progress (MAP®) to help ...

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Dr. Andrew Hegedus
Why Goals Matter in Educator Performance

In an earlier blog I discussed what research says are important characteristics of goals themselves if we want to improve educator performance and students outcomes . The next line of questioning for me then became: What is it about having a goal that improves performance? ...

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Dr. Nate Jensen
Research Explores Impact of Summer Learning Loss on Student Achievement Gaps

I’m proud to share the following from our guest bloggers, Kingsbury Data Award recipients Andrew McEachin and Allison Atteberry.                                                 -  Nate Jensen ...

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Dr. Michael Dahlin
To Measure a Year’s Growth, Begin with the Student

At NWEA, one of the research team’s functions is to provide high-level technical support on a range of assessment issues, including the use and interpretation of the MAP/MPG norms.  In that capacity, one question we receive regularly is, “What percentages of students typically make a year’s ...

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Dr. Andrew Hegedus
Research insights into educator goal setting

Goal setting is a hot topic in education. Being a curious fellow, I wondered what the substantial 45-year body of research on the topic of individual goal setting and its impact on task performance might tell educators so that teachers could set goals and reap benefits ...

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Dr. Beth Tarasawa
Research Partnership Highlights NWEA’s Local Commitment

Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a proud partner of the Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research. This coalition, established in July 2013 with the University of Portland, supports research that informs educators and policy makers on issues related to student learning and teacher practice improvements. This ...

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Jean Fleming
NWEA Research on the Move

NWEA was established back in 1977 when researchers in several Pacific Northwest school districts started to collaborate on a new way to understand that fundamental question in education – are students learning. Out of that collaboration, these researchers built the RIT scale that forms the backbone ...

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Dr. Steven Wise
Student Engagement Affects Test Performance

Educators rely on student achievement test performance to provide important information for a variety of inferences they wish to make about education. Educators use test scores to gather information about what individual students know and can do, which helps identify students who need special educational assistance. ...

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