Why everything we do is rooted in research
Educators looking for reliable information they can use to help improve every student’s learning and growth turn to us for our deep expertise in quality student learning data.
We earn their trust by developing, field-testing, norming, and maintaining our assessments. We maximize their time and resources by delivering professional development rooted in research-based best practices designed to boost student achievement. And to further the study of student advancement, we partner with select education researchers.
There was no contest. Measures of Academic Progress—MAP—is the most well-researched test out there. I’m continually impressed by the norm studies and other research NWEA publishes.
Discover evidence-based solutions that empower educators to make a difference
Inform instruction for pre-K – 12 students
Engage students and families with learning goals
Implement best practices around instruction and professional development
Enable conversations about educational policy issues
Why Our Assessments
Precise meets purposeful: 5 characteristics of quality assessments
Valid Content (Content Validity)
Our assessments contain items that measure only what they’re supposed to measure: the intended learning objectives. Our test data allow educators to make valid inferences about what a student understands, knows, and is ready to learn.
Because we understand the benefit of adaptive tests, our assessments have high reliability, and the results are equally valid for students at every level. An individual student’s subsequent test events—year after year—have the same validity and accuracy as their first test event with an NWEA assessment.
Students of similar latent abilities who take our tests have the same chance to show what they understand, know, and are ready to learn. We carefully screen our test items for bias based on gender, culture, geographic location, linguistic heritage, physical capabilities, and more.
Student Engagement and Motivation
Our assessments provide an accurate picture of what each student understands, knows, and is ready to learn. Because the tests provide immediate feedback and personalized reports, students are motivated to produce their best work.
Our assessment results permit educators to personalize instruction and support student learning throughout the school year.
The culture we’ve developed at McKinney is about using assessment data to inform our instruction and enhance what we do in the classroom. We do not use data to separate or humiliate. It’s not a two-by-four…it’s a tool.