NWEA Research: Studies and publications

Discover how we participate in discussions about education

NWEA Research gives powerful, in-depth information to the communities, researchers, and policymakers who debate policies—and practices—that affect students. As leaders in their fields, our researchers publish in peer-reviewed journals, trade journals, and education media.


Our curious and innovative researchers spend their days investigating strategies to advance academic student growth and measurement. Their common purpose? Revolutionize education research with high-quality data designed to inform, empower, and make a difference.

Our 5 Key Areas of Focus

The power of insight, the promise of results

Our research team contributes to a goal we share with many: helping all kids learn. They work toward a smarter, more responsive education system for everyone by focusing their efforts in five key areas.

Featured Studies

Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude?

An NWEA/Thomas B. Fordham Institute study


Find out if students who outscore their peers on standardized achievement tests remain at the top of the pack year after year.

Explore more of our researchers’ original work

Assessments that help drive decision making

Discover assessments rooted in research

Our computer adaptive assessments help educators answer a crucial question: Are my students learning? By delivering precise, real-time information about every student’s learning triumphs and challenges, we set educators—and students—up for success.



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