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Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)  

Our mission, Partnering to help all kids learn®, informs all aspects of our work.

Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,400 partners in U.S. schools, districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation.  See more about NWEA at:  https://www.nwea.org/about/


Built on a belief that each and every student matters

From the start, we’ve been focused on the student

NWEA began with a small group of researchers, teachers, and principals who wanted to gain a deeper understanding of their students’ specific learning needs—the kind of information unavailable at the time. The testing system they devised forever changed the way teachers teach and students learn.

It’s a significant paradigm shift—from approaching student learning as
‘What’s wrong with this child?’ to ‘What can I do to help meet this child’s needs?’ When people believe in their ability to intervene and truly influence learning, they can create very powerful results.-
Dr. Jill Johnson, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Wayzata High School, Minnesota

The insight you need to make a difference today

Throughout the year, educators around the globe use data from our research-based pre-K–12 assessments and strategies from our professional development offerings to make key decisions when it matters most: when there’s still time to make a difference in students’ learning and achievement. Our research-based, computerized 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. To better inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments with nearly 8 million students. See more at: https://www.nwea.org/assessments

Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®):  Our flagship computer adaptive interim assessment creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Educators receive assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn—within 24 hours. Based on over 30 years of solid research, our computer adaptive interim assessments provide the most stable scale and data in the assessment industry.

Educators around the globe trust MAP and our interactive MAP Learning Continuum to supply instructional insights that help them accelerate student learning. See more at: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/

 MAP for Primary Grades (MPG):  Created especially for kindergarten – grade 2 students, MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) provides computer adaptive interim assessments that allow for early identification and intervention to inform instruction and support long-term academic success for your youngest students. As with MAP for grade 3 and up, with MPG you’ll receive valid, reliable data that helps you personalize instruction, inform your programmatic decisions, screen, and more. To help keep students immersed in the assessment experience, all MPG assessments include audio instructions and engaging visuals. See more at: https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/map-for-primary-grades/

Keeping Learning on Track® (KLT™):  Educators seeking to maximize student growth and engagement while supporting teachers through professional development and sustained learning communities turn to Keeping Learning on Track® (KLT™)—a proven, multi-year embedded formative assessment program that includes formal and informal processes and tools used by teachers to gather evidence for the purpose of adjusting ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement. Using KLT district-wide prepares all educators (regardless of grade level or subject area) to continuously gather evidence of student learning, adjust classroom instruction in the moment, and build local capacity to sustain those instructional shifts over time. See more at:  https://www.nwea.org/professional-development/keeping-learning-on-track/

Why everything we do is rooted in research

We know educators need valid assessments and effective professional development—because nearly 40 years ago, we were founded by educators seeking to maximize every student’s learning and growth. Today, we create quality assessments and help teachers and educational leaders use data to differentiate instruction and inform organizational planning. Our research-based core lets us do what’s driven us from the beginning: give educators tools proven to help them make a difference. See more at:  https://www.nwea.org/research/

  • We offer research-based assessment data and evidence-based professional development in order to help educators accelerate every child’s academic growth and achievement.
  • We contribute to broader conversations about how communities can support student-centric learning through our education policy and advocacy work.
  • We help create smarter, more responsive educational systems through our original research and our collaboration with universities, school districts, foundations, and think tanks.


Quality in, quality out: Our research-based assessments deliver data educators trust.