The Northwest Evaluation Association ™ (NWEA™) Research department is driven by the belief that rigorous research can help create a better, more responsive educational system that helps all kids learn. We work with top scientists and emerging scholars from universities across the country to design and execute research studies intended to:
- improve measurement of student learning
- inform teaching and learning practices
- advocate for policies that benefit students and teachers
Our researchers also partner directly with school systems to support applied research within schools, to ensure that they are getting the most out of their assessment data. And because we feel strongly about promoting the next generation of leaders, we provide internships and research support for graduate students.
Our collaborative work with school districts, universities, and foundations connects education policy research to student learning.
Researchers from the University of Delaware and NWEA are collaborating on a three-year research project that examines teachers’ use of student achievement data. Funded by the Spencer Foundation, this research informs current discussions about data-based educational reforms.
NWEA is a proud partner of the Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research, established in 2013 with the University of Portland. This partnership supports research that informs educators and policy makers on issues related to student learning and teacher practice improvements.
NWEA is partnering with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education to increase student learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. Researchers will use Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessments, along with professional development trainings and research reports, to evaluate and study the impact of the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program.
Project SPARK (Supporting and Promoting Advanced Readiness in Kids) is an approach to increase the representation of diverse student groups in gifted programs. Over the next five years, University of Connecticut researchers will assess the project’s influence in promoting both achievement and identification for gifted programming, specifically focusing on historically underrepresented students.
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Quality Data for Diverse Research
Researchers use anonymized NWEA longitudinal student achievement data to investigate a wide range of research topics. We’ve also pioneered a research control group methodology that allows educators to compare 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. Learn more about our data and Standard and Virtual Comparison Groups .
Kingsbury Research Award
Named in honor of Dr. Gage Kingsbury, a pioneer in adaptive achievement testing, this award provides restricted access to NWEA data and research support to select graduate students and university researchers. See recent winners, learn more, and apply for the award.
We’ve partnered with researchers at institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Delaware, Fordham University, University of Arkansas, Clemson University, University of Colorado at Boulder, North Carolina State University, West Virginia University, and Vanderbilt University. Learn about all our university research partners.
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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.