We are mission-driven, student-centric
Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,400 partners in U.S. schools, districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation.
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An idea to transform education
In 1973, educators and researchers from Oregon and Washington state school districts formed an association to build a new kind of testing system. They were determined to create a new, precise way to measure an individual student’s academic level and growth—and then to use the resulting data as a transformational teaching tool. Four years after these innovators pooled their time and talents, Northwest Evaluation Association was incorporated in Oregon. The testing system they devised forever changed the way teachers teach and students learn.
An Enduring Mission
As a not-for-profit organization, we continue to honor our founders’ spirit and their collaborative approach to improving teaching and learning. Our mission, Partnering to help all kids learn®, informs all aspects of our work.
Founders and visionaries
NWEA founders Allan Olson and George Ingebo
In addition to our founders, we’d like to acknowledge Susan Smoyer, Ron Houser, and Gage Kingsbury for helping to pioneer computer adaptive testing; thanks also to John Barber, for his foresight into how accurate data could inform instruction
NWEA founders Allan Olson (left) and George Ingebo
Our best-in-class scale, the RIT scale, continues to deliver results educators trust
The original NWEA assessments gave teachers data they could use to inform classroom instruction.
Our founders created the RIT scale because they required a consistent, precise tool that would provide accurate measurement of each student’s academic growth. Today, our mature, stable scale continues to support the strength of our MAP assessments by supplying educators with the valid, reliable, and predictive data they need to make a positive difference in every student’s learning and growth.
Educators across the country embraced the concept, and we built upon it when we introduced our first computer adaptive educational assessment in 1985. Our flagship interim assessment, MAP Growth, followed in 2000.