Groundbreaking public opinion research that gets people talking about education
Thought leaders, legislators, and a range of educational organizations look to NWEA for current thinking on educational issues. While our public opinion research attracts a great deal of attention from U.S. policymakers, we create them for a wider audience. If you’re concerned with the current state of education as well as where our nation can go from here, we invite you to jump into the conversation.
Our National Agenda
At NWEA, we’re driven to understand what it means to measure learning for all students—and we’ve emerged as a leader in this area of education research. Our advocacy resonates because it’s based on the concerns educators, parents, and students across the country share with us.
Public Opinion Research Reports
Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter – 2016
Read Make Assessment Work for All Students: Multiple Measures Matter, the 2016 national survey conducted by NWEA and Gallup, to learn what students, parents, and educators really think about assessment. With the study results and the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), leaders and educators have an opportunity to rethink our assessment systems so that they work best for our students and teachers. This is the 3rd National Assessment Perception study. Download the Full Report.
Make Assessment Matter: Students and Educators Want Tests that Support Learning - 2014
We’re excited to share new research that helps us understand what teachers, students, and district administrators believe about assessment. We believe this second edition of our public opinion research, conducted by Grunwald & Associates, can help shape conversations on assessment and keep the focus on student learning. Download the full report.
For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want from k-12 Assessments - 2012
Produced by NWEA and Grunwald Associates LLC, this study gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers and district administrators – those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. The study comes at a pivotal time, as policymakers are considering a new blueprint for education improvement and significant education reform initiatives are currently underway. Download the full report .
See what they have to say
We asked students, teachers, and district administrators what they thought about assessment. You’ll find the results in Make Assessment Matter: Students and Educators Want Tests that Support Learning, a study conducted by Grunwald & Associates. It’s the first time any formal study has asked students’ opinions, and their responses are making news across the country.
89% Of students say it is “very” or “somewhat” important to know about changes at school that impact their learning, while 96% of students say they try hard on most tests, 95% care about doing well on tests, and 37% say they never receive results on state accountability tests.
Formative assessment is shown to have the most positive impact on teaching and learning, yet only about 1 in 3 teachers (29%) can correctly identify the definition of formative assessment practice.
Students and teachers need help understanding different types of assessment to interpret and use assessment data more effectively to drive student learning.
Teachers and district administrators who collaborate on assessment are more confident about using assessment data to drive instruction and student learning.
Another NWEA public opinion research study gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers, and district administrators—those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. Find out what they think in For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want From K-12 Assessments.