Resources for Parents

Pre-K – 12 Assessments

Personalized Learning Journey

Before using MAP, we were missing the full picture of how to teach kids who were gifted and talented, or struggling to learn, or were English language learners. But now we know what our students are ready to learn before we even begin teaching them. We weren’t expecting to see such consistent, major growth for our students across the board. 

Linda Foote, Instructional Technology Specialist
Poway Unified School District, California

NWEA tests help create a personal learning journey for your child

Imagine your child’s classroom. Every day, teachers assess (test) their students’ knowledge in a number of ways: questions, projects, homework, quizzes, and more. When your child gets something wrong, the teacher works to help your child understand the lesson. And when your child gets something right, the teacher moves on to the next learning goal.

resources-for-parents-boy-classroom-2014-325x3254Because educators founded NWEA, we know that teachers who understand each child’s learning successes and struggles can help every student learn better—and faster.

That’s why our assessments react to each student’s answers. In the testing world, this makes our tests “adaptive,” or personalized to measure the needs of every student.

  • If your child answers a question correctly, the test follows up with a more challenging question.
  • If your child answers incorrectly, the test follows up with an easier question

While results from end-of-year summative assessments arrive in the summer, NWEA computer adaptive tests provide immediate results. This lets teachers use the information from MAP, CPAA, and Skills Navigator ™ throughout the school year to help create a unique learning plan for your child.

Educators share what's great about MAP growth data

For our featured educators, MAP growth data is a must-have in the classroom and beyond

Thank you to our interviewees: Daniel Fallon, Director of Accountability, Beaufort County (South Carolina) School District; Dr. Sarah McKenzie, Director of Assessment, Research & Accountability, Fayetteville Public Schools, Arkansas; Amy Mims, President, Atlantic Research Partners.

Quick, accurate results from NWEA tests make a difference for students

Impactful Results

Our kids love CPAA. Our teachers love it. It’s a win-win. Parents are impressed to know that their children are receiving an individualized, developmentally appropriate and engaging learning experience with the help of this program.

Sheryl Nelson, School Owner
The Goddard School: Elgin, Illinois


Types of Assessments

Why Our Assessments?

Parents and educators speak out on the purpose of assessments

The study For Every Child, Multiple Measures shows that parents and educators both understand the value of interim assessments like Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).  Here’s what they’re looking for in assessments.

  • Test data that track every student’s performance on a variety of subjects and skills
  • Quick, precise results teachers can use in the classroom to help each child learn
  • Information that shows if a student is ready to take the next step in his or her learning journey
  • Ways to determine the skills students need for college and career

Your child’s test results

If you have questions about your child’s test, the school can provide information specific to their test results. NWEA cares about data privacy, and cannot provide information about individual student assessment results.

Next Steps: For more resources, check out the NBC News Education Nation website