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.
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.