Our Research Partnerships

NWEA™ researchers work with top scientists and emerging scholars from universities across the country to 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 with school systems to support applied research to ensure that schools 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.


University of Delaware

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.

University of Portland

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.

University of Notre Dame

NWEA is partnering with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for STEM Education to increase student learning in STEM disciplines. Researchers will use MAP®Growth™ assessments, along with professional learning and research reports, to evaluate the impact of the Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellows program.

University of Connecticut

Project SPARK (Supporting and Promoting Advanced Readiness in Kids) aims 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.

Quality Data

Researchers use anonymized NWEA longitudinal student achievement data to investigate a wide range of research topics. Our extensive data and control group methodologies allow 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 reporting tools.

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Kingsbury Research Award

Graduate students can learn more and apply.

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