Diagnose, measure, and improve school outcomes
How do you know if your school is set up for success? How are you measuring it?
We provide an evidence-based evaluation of the essential elements proven to maximize student success, and we pinpoint precisely where your school needs to improve to see meaningful gains in student outcomes. We then partner with you to transform your data into concrete actions and continuous improvement plans that lead to lasting, sustainable change.
The 5Essentials: Leading the way with a holistic, evidence-based approach
Through our exclusive partnership, NWEA School Improvement leverages UChicago Impact’s renowned 5Essentials Survey and Framework. The 5Essentials is an evidence-based diagnostic survey that provides meaningful insight into how well a school is organized for improvement. It provides meaningful measurement of the five essential factors in schools that research shows are linked to improved school and student outcomes.
Rooted in research
The 5Essentials Survey is backed by 30+ years of research and meets ESSA criteria as a Tier 2 evidence-based practice.
Focused on school leaders
We empower school leaders with a unique coaching model and targeted professional learning that strengthens leadership skills and data-informed practices.
Tailored to educator needs
An NWEA leadership coach collaboratively creates a tailored plan that builds on leaders’ strengths and refines the highest-gain areas for improvement.
Focused on systems and sustainability
Supports school leaders in establishing wide-scale practices and protocols that align school initiatives and bolster collaboration, improved instruction, and enhanced student engagement.
Reinforces continuous improvement and collaborative reflection
Elevates stakeholder voices through the 5Essentials Survey and quarterly progress monitoring of improvement efforts.
It truly was a partnership. It wasn’t something that I felt like I had to drive. I felt extremely supported. Our technical assistance providers were all in with a knowledge and passion for family and community engagement. They immersed themselves in research, asked questions, and remained open to working with me, my staff, the community, and Family & Community Liaisons.AMANDA SCOTT THOMAS
Director, Community Partnership
Tacoma Public Schools
Support at every level and every step of the way
NWEA School Improvement services are aligned to the 5Essentials Framework and include:
Provides actionable data and insights into strengths and opportunities for improvement
5Essentials professional learning
Educates leaders on the 5Essentials Framework and Survey and how to use survey results to improve schools
A customized series of interviews and observations to launch and refine improvement planning
Shoulder-to-shoulder support for principals to deepen leadership skills
District systems advising
Develops systems, processes, protocols, and practices for student improvement
School improvement professional learning
Builds educator knowledge and skills around topics aligned to the 5Essentials Framework
Meet the NWEA School Improvement leadership coaches
NWEA School Improvement leadership coaches are building and district leaders with experience working shoulder-to-shoulder with educators to improve schools and systems. Their expertise with MAP® Growth™ and the 5Essentials Framework helps them guide educators in using data to improve outcomes.
Ready to learn more?
Connect with a school improvement specialist.