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  • First-of-its kind, innovative assessment system coming to Alaska

    First-of-its kind, innovative assessment system coming to Alaska

    NWEA will partner with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to implement a balanced assessment system that supports excellent instruction and fulfills federal accountability...

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  • New Research from NWEA Shows Students with Disabilities Grow in Reading and Math Similar to Students Without Disabilities

    New Research from NWEA Shows Students with Disabilities Grow in Reading and Math Similar to Students Without Disabilities

    Highlighting learning patterns that challenge long-standing deficit narratives and low expectations of the academic potential of students with disabilities.   Portland, Ore.  and Washington, D.C....

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  • NWEA’s MAP Accelerator Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best Foundational Mathematics Instructional Solution

    NWEA’s MAP Accelerator Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best Foundational Mathematics Instructional Solution

    MAP Accelerator is an innovative education tool informed by MAP Growth data and powered by Khan Academy   Portland, Ore. – May 10, 2021 – NWEA, a not-for-profit, research-based provider...

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  • NWEA Launches “The Continuing Educator” Podcast Exploring Professional Learning Strategies for the Post-Covid Era

    NWEA Launches “The Continuing Educator” Podcast Exploring Professional Learning Strategies for the Post-Covid Era

    Season one to focus on grading for learning, grading policies, formative assessment and more Portland, Ore. — April 26, 2021 — NWEA, a not-for-profit research and assessment provider, announced...

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  • NWEA Releases Research and Recommendations on Preparing Early Learners Impacted by the Post-COVID “Kindergarten Bubble”

    NWEA Releases Research and Recommendations on Preparing Early Learners Impacted by the Post-COVID “Kindergarten Bubble”

    Greater age differences, wider skills disparities, and less pre-K preparation will be among challenges faced by districts, schools and kindergarten teachers this fall Portland, Ore. — April 12,...

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  • New “Testing America’s Freedom” Podcast from NWEA  Examines Equity in Education

    New “Testing America’s Freedom” Podcast from NWEA Examines Equity in Education

    Education leaders discuss the history of laws, policies, and practices that have resulted in systemic inequity within America’s education system and urgent solutions to help all students succeed...

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  • Calling 7th Grade Math Teachers to Join National Study

    Calling 7th Grade Math Teachers to Join National Study

    Participation is free, will last a year and the research will be used to improve math learning and education. The study called, ASSISTments Impact, is seeking 7th grade math teachers...

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  • Education Organizations Release Policy Considerations to Inform Equitable Change for Assessment and Accountability Systems

    Education Organizations Release Policy Considerations to Inform Equitable Change for Assessment and Accountability Systems

    Report from convenings of 100+ experts proposes federal, state actions to address immediate needs and long-term improvements Portland, Ore. and Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2021) – NWEA and...

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  • Prominent Scholar in Education Research Joins NWEA

    Prominent Scholar in Education Research Joins NWEA

    Andrew McEachin will lead the NWEA’s Collaborative for Student Growth   Portland, Ore. – April 1, 2021 – Dr. Andrew McEachin joins NWEA today as the new Director of the...

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  • NWEA Adds Two Powerful Voices to its Policy Team

    NWEA Adds Two Powerful Voices to its Policy Team

    New members will support the organization’s efforts to advocate for research-based policies that drive outcomes for students Portland, Ore. – March 11, 2021 – NWEA, a not-for-profit research and...

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  • NWEA Seeks Applications for its Educators for Equity Grant Program

    NWEA Seeks Applications for its Educators for Equity Grant Program

    Awarding grants of up to $10,000 supporting educators closing the opportunity gaps that affect PreK-12 student achievement   Portland, Ore. – March 9, 2021 – NWEA – a not-for-profit research...

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  • NWEA Launches Dyslexia Screener for MAP Reading Fluency, Supporting Early Identification and Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

    NWEA Launches Dyslexia Screener for MAP Reading Fluency, Supporting Early Identification and Intervention for Students with Dyslexia

    New Tool Allows Teachers to Assess an Entire Class for Reading Ability and Signs of Dyslexia in as Little as 20 Minutes   Portland, Ore. – March 9, 2021 –...

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  • Key NWEA Leader Takes on New Role with U.S. Department of Education

    Key NWEA Leader Takes on New Role with U.S. Department of Education

    Dr. Aaliyah Samuel named Deputy Assistant Secretary for State and Local Engagement Portland, Ore. – Feb. 25, 2021 – In an announcement from the U.S. Department of Education today, Dr....

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  • NWEA responds to new federal guidance for statewide assessments and accountability this spring

    NWEA responds to new federal guidance for statewide assessments and accountability this spring

    On February 22, 2021, the US Department of Education (ED) announced its guidance for states regarding statewide assessment and accountability this spring. We support ED’s provision of...

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  • NWEA Partners with AdoptAClassroom.org In Service to Teachers

    NWEA Partners with AdoptAClassroom.org In Service to Teachers

    NWEA community raised $7,703 supporting educators who serve students of color Portland, Ore. – Jan. 27, 2021 – NWEA – a not-for-profit research and assessment provider – banded together to...

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  • EdTech leader to join NWEA as new EVP of Partner Accounts

    EdTech leader to join NWEA as new EVP of Partner Accounts

    Jeff Enoch joins the team to help NWEA deliver on its mission of Partnering to Help All Kids Learn Portland, Ore. – Jan. 15, 2021 – Jeff Enoch joins NWEA...

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  • NWEA Adds Further Expertise to Enhance Efforts in Math Content

    NWEA Adds Further Expertise to Enhance Efforts in Math Content

    Tammy Baumann, Ph.D., joins the Content Advocacy and Design team to support initiatives in mathematics Portland, Ore. – Jan. 12, 2021 – Tammy Baumann, Ph.D., joins NWEA – a not-for-profit...

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  • Flexibility is Critical for Spring Testing and Beyond; It is Time to Transform Assessment and Accountability Systems

    Flexibility is Critical for Spring Testing and Beyond; It is Time to Transform Assessment and Accountability Systems

    NWEA releases K–12 assessment policy recommendations  for the 117th Congress and the Biden administration Portland, Ore. – Dec. 15, 2020 – Following the release of NWEA’s research on impact of...

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  • NWEA Expert Recognized for Leadership in Addressing Effects of Systemic Racism on the Early Years of Life

    NWEA Expert Recognized for Leadership in Addressing Effects of Systemic Racism on the Early Years of Life

    Dr. Aaliyah Samuel has been selected as Senior Fellow for the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Portland, Ore. – Dec. 8, 2020 – As the first Black...

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  • New Research on Academic Impacts from COVID-19 Closures Highlights Gains in Reading and Setbacks in Math

    New Research on Academic Impacts from COVID-19 Closures Highlights Gains in Reading and Setbacks in Math

    Initial findings from NWEA are optimistic for reading but suggest unfinished learning in math, and raise equity concerns about missing data on students from underserved communities Portland, Ore....

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