Sharing ideas for a smarter future
Our NWEA Research team shares a goal with many: creating a better, more responsive educational system that helps all kids learn. Researchers across the education community work with us to design and execute custom research studies intended to improve measurement of student learning, inform teaching and learning practices, and advocate for policies that benefit students and teachers.
Additionally, we partner with school systems that support applied research within their schools—and because we feel strongly about inspiring the next generation of leaders, we provide internships and research support for graduate students.
Our collaborative work with think-tanks, school districts, universities, and foundations connects education policy research to student learning.
Building a bridge between education policy research and student learning
How To Partner
Grants and University Partnerships
Partnerships with researchers at Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Delaware, Fordham University, the University of Arkansas, and Vanderbilt University
Kingsbury Data Award
Project support for graduate students and university researchers; named in honor of Dr. Gage Kingsbury, a pioneer in adaptive achievement testing
Use of Assessment Results for Research
Use of longitudinal student achievement data to create metrics for NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) interim assessment as well as custom reports such as Standard Comparison Groups (SCGs) and Virtual Comparison Groups (VCGs)
Virtual Comparison Groups (VCGs)
A research control group methodology for comparing one student’s academic growth to anonymized data from students across the country who perform similarly, share similar demographic characteristics, and are educated in similar schools
Read more about our MAP interim assessments’ mature, equal-interval scale (the RIT scale), NWEA norms, and our Standard or and Virtual Comparison Group Reports.
Kingsbury Data Award Recipients
NWEA Kingsbury Data Award Recipients
The Ohio State University Department of Sociology. Joseph Merry received a data award to support his dissertation research on the role of schools in the context of economic inequality. His paper Education in the Era of Rising Inequality: Are Schools Becoming the Great(er) Equalizer? analyzes longitudinal student achievement data to understand how school and outside-of-school influences impact school effectiveness.
University of Arkansas. Dr. Woodworth is a Research Associate at the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University. In Does Assessment Selection Matter When Computing Teacher Value-Added Measures?, he analyzed the error variance produced by value-added models using different assessments.
Colorado State University School of Education and School of Teacher Education. Dr. Rambo received a data award for her report Summer Growth Patterns in Gifted Students. The report looks at summer growth patterns and assesses the impact of schools on high achievers.
University of Arkansas. Ms. Egalite is a doctoral academy fellow, and her co-author Brian Kisida is a research associate. They received a data award to look at student achievement impacts related to school size. The researchers evaluated students from more than 2800 schools over 4 years and concluded that school size has a meaningful impact on student achievement.
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