What is NWEA?




Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for their 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. 

Each child learns differently. So they developed computerized adaptive assessments that test differently, allowing teachers to see their students as individuals – each with their own base of knowledge. With flexible delivery options, our assessments can scale to fit your needs.


NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.

Skills Pointer helps educators pinpoint student skill gaps. It works on the web to support individualized learning and uses vertical mapping to uncover the prerequisite skills students may be missing. Learning Plans on Demand, a tool within Skills Pointer, uses this information to generate an individualized learning plan, saving teachers time and giving every student resources for learning more.

The North Carolina Leadership Academy will test students in grades K-6th three times within a school year. (Fall, Winter & Spring) This helps us determine any type of summer loss, an initial assessment of the student, and an excellent tool to track growth.