Putting people and partnership first

Working closely with state leaders and educators, we co-create solutions that are focused on students and tailored to the vision, needs, and expectations of each state. We challenge established practices—and our own thinking—in order to solve longstanding problems.

Putting people and partnership first

Working closely with state leaders and educators, we co-create solutions that are focused on students and tailored to the vision, needs, and expectations of each state. We challenge established practices—and our own thinking—in order to solve longstanding problems.

Guiding principles

We specialize in the design and delivery of comprehensive programs that leverage data in new ways to avoid redundant testing and maximize informed action at both the classroom and systems level. We are guided by each state’s goals and an emphasis on:

Efficiency

Reduce interim testing or shorten or eliminate the summative test, maximizing instructional time and learning.

Coherence

Promote focused action to support learning with consistent, standards-aligned information each term.

Efficiency

Reduce interim testing or shorten or eliminate the summative test, maximizing instructional time and learning.

Coherence

Promote focused action to support learning with consistent, standards-aligned information each term.

Utility

Help educators improve learning for all and close opportunity gaps with timely, useful data and professional learning.

Opportunity

Provide opportunity to celebrate growth to and beyond proficiency with access to within- and across-year growth data.

Utility

Help educators improve learning for all and close opportunity gaps with timely, useful data and professional learning.

Opportunity

Provide opportunity to celebrate growth to and beyond proficiency with access to within- and across-year growth data.

Educator engagement

Engage educators in item writing, alignment studies, bias and sensitivity review, range achievement level descriptor review and definition, standard setting, and more.

Test model

Connect or integrate interim and summative assessments, implement an improved summative test, or create another design—the possibilities are wide-ranging.

Educator engagement

Engage educators in item writing, alignment studies, bias and sensitivity review, range achievement level descriptor review and definition, standard setting, and more.

Test model

Connect or integrate interim and summative assessments, implement an improved summative test, or create another design—the possibilities are wide-ranging.

Adaptivity

If an adaptive approach is desired, choose the type and degree of adaptivity: within grade only, off grade, or staged to combine fixed, adaptive, or variations of adaptivity.

Content

Use a variety of content types created to maximize accessibility, including multiple choice and technology-enhanced polytomous items, writing prompts, and science tasks.

Adaptivity

If an adaptive approach is desired, choose the type and degree of adaptivity: within grade only, off grade, or staged to combine fixed, adaptive, or variations of adaptivity.

Content

Use a variety of content types created to maximize accessibility, including multiple choice and technology-enhanced polytomous items, writing prompts, and science tasks.

Platform

Our stable enterprise platform has delivered 32 million assessments in multiple states and 24 countries. Flexible and easy to manage, it supports configuration of test administrations, custom user roles and permissions, student mobility, and more.

Platform

Our stable enterprise platform has delivered 32 million assessments in multiple states and 24 countries. Flexible and easy to manage, it supports configuration of test administrations, custom user roles and permissions, student mobility, and more.

Insights and reporting

Interactive and static reports range from aggregate to the individual student level. States can choose which data types to include in reports for various roles such as assessment directors, school leaders, teachers, and families.

Insights and reporting

Interactive and static reports range from aggregate to the individual student level. States can choose which data types to include in reports for various roles such as assessment directors, school leaders, teachers, and families.

Professional learning

Built to scale, professional learning is tailored to each state and focused on impact. Partner with us to identify a theory of change and create onsite and/or online sessions that help educators and administrators use assessment results to foster learning.

Professional learning

Built to scale, professional learning is tailored to each state and focused on impact. Partner with us to identify a theory of change and create onsite and/or online sessions that help educators and administrators use assessment results to foster learning.

Spotlight on equity

NWEA understands the critical role of assessment data in supporting student-centered instruction, as well as informing the systems, policies, and investments that support equal opportunity for all students to learn. As we partner with states to create impactful assessment programs, we apply an equity lens to test design, content development, and integration of accessibility and accommodations.

Fact sheet: Creating equitable assessments
See how NWEA promotes fairness and inclusion to advance educational opportunity.

 

Spotlight on equity

NWEA understands the critical role of assessment data in supporting student-centered instruction, as well as informing the systems, policies, and investments that support equal opportunity for all students to learn. As we partner with states to create impactful assessment programs, we apply an equity lens to test design, content development, and integration of accessibility and accommodations.

Fact sheet: Creating equitable assessments
See how NWEA promotes fairness and inclusion to advance educational opportunity.

 

Related content

Fact Sheet

State Solutions from NWEA

At NWEA, we’re partnering with states to create balanced assessment systems that prioritize learning and teaching. It’s time for unified approaches that support educators in challenging every student, increase opportunity for schools and students to show growth, and drive the systems-level actions needed to foster educational equity. Reimagine assessment and accountability with us.

Case Study

One coherent system to drive action – Nebraska Overview

Learn how Nebraska Department of Education partnered with NWEA® to co-create a new, student-centered approach to statewide assessment by integrating district and state measures using an adaptive through-year assessment model.

White Paper

Louisiana and NWEA: Creating innovative assessments to foster equity and deeper learning

Learn about Louisiana’s curriculum-aligned, through-year approach to ELA and social studies assessment, developed in partnership with NWEA and other partners to foster deeper learning and close opportunity gaps.