Research is the foundation of our work

For more than 40 years, NWEA has been a pioneer in educational research and assessment methodology with a focus on improving learning outcomes for every student. 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.

Latest Publications

Working paper

Understanding differential growth during school years and summers for students in special education

Data visualization

Exploring the educational impacts of COVID-19

Policy brief

Academic growth for students with disabilities: Lessons from school-year learning gains and summer learning loss—Implications for COVID-19 recovery and beyond


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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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