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.

To better inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments and items with nearly 10 million students.


Our research-based core lets us do what’s driven us from the beginning: give educators tools proven to help them make a difference.

Discover the power of partnership

Partners from schools around the nation talk about how their strong relationship with NWEA helps them succeed.

Built on a belief that each and every student matters

Our mission, Partnering to help all kids learn®, informs all aspects of our work.

Meet our Board of Directors and executive officers, or read more about our education policy and advocacy work.

From the start, we’ve been focused on the student

NWEA began with a small group of researchers, teachers, and principals who wanted to gain a deeper understanding of their students’ specific learning needs—the kind of information unavailable at the time. The testing system they devised forever changed the way teachers teach and students learn.

It’s a significant paradigm shift—from approaching student learning as ‘What’s wrong with this child?’ to ‘What can I do to help meet this child’s needs?’ When people believe in their ability to intervene and truly influence learning, they can create very powerful results.

– Dr. Jill Johnson, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Wayzata High School, Minnesota

Today, more than half a billion assessments later, we still measure our success against the core beliefs of our educator-founders:

  • Continuous growth provides opportunity and challenge
  • Collaborative efforts contribute to mutual strength and vitality
  • Investment in local expertise and resources enhances students' growth
  • Continuing relationships are vital to effectiveness
  • Credibility is built through quality products and responsive service
  • Thoughtful questioning and reflection are critical to creating the future
  • Contributing to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge expands our capacity to improve education