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  • NWEA Announces New Effort Using AI to Identify and Remove Barriers Within Math Assessments for Students with Visual Disabilities

    NWEA Announces New Effort Using AI to Identify and Remove Barriers Within Math Assessments for Students with Visual Disabilities

    The project was awarded an AI in Accessibility grant from Microsoft. Portland, Ore., October 14, 2021 — Today is World Sight Day bringing attention to vision and eye care as...

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  • NWEA, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, and CALDER at the American Institutes for Research Announce New Initiative

    NWEA, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, and CALDER at the American Institutes for Research Announce New Initiative

    Research designed to rapidly inform school district decisions as they choose and implement student academic recovery interventions Portland, Ore., Cambridge., MA and Washington D.C., October 7,...

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  • NWEA Launches Season 2 of The Continuing Educator Podcast

    NWEA Launches Season 2 of The Continuing Educator Podcast

    This season is focused on building student agency as a key element in each child’s learning journey Portland, Ore., October 5, 2021 — NWEA — a not-for-profit, research and educational...

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  • NWEA Acquires Assets from ETS and Questar, Expanding Opportunity to Provide States with Impactful Assessment Systems

    NWEA Acquires Assets from ETS and Questar, Expanding Opportunity to Provide States with Impactful Assessment Systems

    NWEA Acquires Assets from ETS and Questar, Expanding Opportunity to Provide States with Impactful Assessment Systems New agreement positions NWEA and ETS to leverage respective strengths in...

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  • NWEA Expands its Support of Schools with Services and Expertise to Address Inequities in the Classroom and Impact Positive Change

    NWEA Expands its Support of Schools with Services and Expertise to Address Inequities in the Classroom and Impact Positive Change

    Focusing efforts beyond just quality data toward professional learning and school improvement services. Portland, Ore., August 31, 2021 — Following the most challenging year in education in recent...

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  • NWEA Expands its Support of Schools with Services and Expertise to Address Inequities in the Classroom and Impact Positive Change

    NWEA Expands its Support of Schools with Services and Expertise to Address Inequities in the Classroom and Impact Positive Change

    Focusing efforts beyond just quality data toward professional learning and school improvement services. Portland, Ore., August 31, 2021 — Following the most challenging year in education in recent...

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  • New Research Finds Widening Educational Inequality  in Year of COVID

    New Research Finds Widening Educational Inequality in Year of COVID

    Experts call for action to support educators in fostering growth for all students, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved Portland, Ore., July 28, 2021 — NWEA —  a...

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  • Powerful Partnership in School Improvement Announced

    Powerful Partnership in School Improvement Announced

    NWEA and UChicago Impact partner to combine research-based tools and services to help schools and systems improve learning environments and student outcomes.   Portland, Ore. and Chicago, Ill. –...

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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’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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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