As part of our mission, NWEA is committed to supporting emerging scholars and researchers who seek to conduct high quality research studies that are intended to improve teaching and learning. Over the years, our researchers have often been approached by graduate students and other university researchers asking if we can provide them with support to conduct their dissertation research or other education research study. To address this need, several years ago the NWEA research team instituted the Kingsbury Research Award, a competitive program that grants research support to eligible university-affiliated researchers. Named after Dr. G. Gage Kingsbury, a pioneer in adaptive testing for K-12 students and former Vice President of Research at NWEA, the award has funded students at universities across the country conducting a wide variety of studies.
The program has been a great success and it has been rewarding for us at NWEA to see the young scholars we’ve worked with go on to become established researchers conducting and publishing innovative research in a wide variety of fields. One recent recipient, Joseph Merry from the Ohio State University Department of Sociology, used his award to study the ways school and outside-of-school influences impact school effectiveness. Another recipient, Karen Rambo-Hernandez from the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services, used her award to study summer growth patterns and the impact of schools on high achievers. Dr. Rambo-Hernandez’s continuation of this work was recently published in the Journal of Educational Research.
To learn more about the Kingsbury Research Award and the projects we have supported, please visit the research section of our website here. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for an award, we accept applications at any time – here is a link to the application instructions.