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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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  • Goal Setting Is a Key Element to Mitigating  COVID-19-Related Impacts on Learning

    Goal Setting Is a Key Element to Mitigating COVID-19-Related Impacts on Learning

    NWEA shares new, free tools for educators and guidance on how setting meaningful goals for students can foster growth, even in a pandemic Portland, Ore., Sept. 1, 2020 – As...

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  • NWEA Releases Guidance on Remote Testing  to Help Schools Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Disruptions

    NWEA Releases Guidance on Remote Testing to Help Schools Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Disruptions

    Portland, Ore. – Aug. 6, 2020 – As millions of students get ready to return to school, school districts are preparing for a large number of them to be learning...

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  • New Lexile Framework for Oral Reading to Provide Powerful Insight to Teachers Addressing Reading Crisis and COVID-19 Disruptions

    New Lexile Framework for Oral Reading to Provide Powerful Insight to Teachers Addressing Reading Crisis and COVID-19 Disruptions

    New Lexile Framework for Oral Reading to Provide Powerful Insight to Teachers Addressing Reading Crisis and COVID-19 Disruptions Starting this month, educators assessing early readers with NWEA’s...

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  • NWEA Releases Policy Recommendations for Assessment and Accountability in a Post-COVID World

    NWEA Releases Policy Recommendations for Assessment and Accountability in a Post-COVID World

    NWEA Releases Policy Recommendations for Assessment and Accountability in a Post-COVID World Portland, Ore. — July 14, 2020 — As education leaders face the challenges of reopening schools after the...

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  • New resources available this fall to help mitigate impact of COVID-19 school disruptions

    New resources available this fall to help mitigate impact of COVID-19 school disruptions

    New resources available this fall to help mitigate impact of COVID-19 school disruptions Integrated with NWEA’s MAP Growth data, two powerful tools can help schools with academic recovery efforts...

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  • Researchers estimate students coming back after COVID-19 closures may have greater variances in academic skills

    Researchers estimate students coming back after COVID-19 closures may have greater variances in academic skills

    Researchers estimate students coming back after COVID-19 closures may have greater variances in academic skills Education community must be prepared to meet a wider range of diverse academic needs...

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