About NWEA research and expertise

For more than 40 years, NWEA has focused on improving learning outcomes for all students. We pioneer educational research, assessment methodology, rigorous content, and psychometric precision to support teachers across the globe in the critical work they do every day.


Research & Innovation Centers

Our Research Centers continue this innovative work through dedicated research that explores foundational issues in education, practical challenges in today’s schools, and the evolving role of technology in the lives of students.

Collaborative for Student Growth

The Collaborative investigates fundamental questions around educational equity, opportunity, and access. Through original research and partnerships with universities and foundations, it seeks to broaden understanding of the challenges facing students, families, and educators and inform new ways to serve them.

Center for School and Student Progress

The Center explores research and policy issues that are directly relevant to helping schools improve outcomes for students. It engages in collaborative research with schools, and provides them with expert consultation and data analysis. In partnership with educators, it aims to make assessment data actionable.

Assessment & Learning

Our assessment and learning teams marry the science of measurement with pedagogy, test design, and subject matter expertise, creating solutions that deliver insights educators trust to advance learning for every student. Our experts are also prolific contributors, recognized for advancing their fields across multiple disciplines.

Measurement & Psychometrics

Valid, reliable measurement is the bedrock of informed decision-making. Our psychometricians, research scientists, and data analysts ensure NWEA assessments deliver unparalleled quality because we know precise, accurate information on every student’s learning supports equitable instruction in the classroom—as well as school and system-wide improvement.

Academic Content

Assessing what students know and are ready to learn requires a deep understanding of effective pedagogy, learning science, and test design, as well as subject matter expertise. Our academic content team brings all these disciplines together to deliver innovative, high-quality test items, assessment systems and solutions, and instructional resources that create more equitable opportunities for all students.

Data Visualizations

View interactive tools that bring complex education issues to life. Explore patterns in growth, achievement, poverty, college readiness, and more.

Research Partnerships

Our collaborations with university researchers, school systems, address diverse education research topics.

Upcoming Research Presentations

Connect with us and learn about our newest research at these conferences and events.

Media Contact

Simona Beattie
Sr. Manager, Public Relations



Latest Publications

Journal article

What do teachers know about dyslexia? It’s complicated!

Blog article

Equitable learning recovery must be grounded in solid research

White paper

MAP Reading Fluency theory of action

Instructional resource

Grade 8 Formative Conversation Starters: Math


Across nearly all grades, students have made progress in both math and reading since the start of the pandemic, but by slimmer margins than is considered normal.

Emily Tate, EdSurge

A significant number of elementary and middle school-aged children are showing signs of falling behind in math amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

Cameron Jenkins, The Hill

“…the missing students are disproportionately children thought to be most at risk of falling behind in school shutdowns.

Beth Hawkins, The 74

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