NWEA Expands Suite of Early Childhood Services

Published on April 3, 2012

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Acquisition of Children’s Progress Inc. Will Offer Schools New Assessment Tools.

Portland, OR – Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) announced today that it will acquire Children’s Progress, Inc., a New York-based adaptive assessment and reporting firm with a focus on pre-K – 3rd grade students. Children’s Progress’ flagship product, the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), is a diagnostic adaptive assessment that adjusts in difficulty to student performance and produces instant reports as well as recommended activities to drive instruction.

CPAA, which has been used by more than 480,000 students in schools and early learning centers across the country, addresses the needs of younger students with developmentally appropriate and engaging content in literacy and mathematics. The product, which grew out of research at Columbia University, is also aligned to the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) standards for assessment.

“When we looked at the field of early childhood assessment, it was clear that there was a need for data beyond that produced by traditional observational records and analysis of one-on-one interactions,” noted Children’s Progress co-founder Dr. Eugene Galanter. “Now, with our assessment joining the NWEA suite of offerings, we are excited to extend our reach and fulfill the joint missions of both organizations,” added co-founder and CEO Kevin Greaney.

CPAA’s features will complement NWEA’s suite of learning and growth tools; including Measures of Academic Progress®, Measures of Academic Progress for Primary Grades and Skills Pointer™; and offer additional options for schools seeking diagnostic screening and progress monitoring for younger students. Currently, NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress for Primary Grades is designed for students in grades K-2.

“Children’s Progress Academic Assessment represents the type of high-quality, research-driven resources that can help educators provide personalized instruction to students at every age,” said NWEA CEO Matt Chapman. “We’re particularly excited to offer our partners a new tool that will support growth for the youngest learners in our network.”

About NWEA
NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon. NWEA partners with educational organizations worldwide to provide computer-based assessment suites, professional development and research services. NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) adaptive assessments leverage more than 30 years of research into student growth that informs decision-making at every level, from classrooms to boardrooms. NWEA’s research center, The Kingsbury Center at NWEA, uses the Growth Research DatabaseTM to drive original research with universities, foundations and policymakers. Learn more at www.nwea.org.

About Children’s Progress
Children’s Progress (childrensprogress.com) specializes in developing engaging, computer-adaptive programs for young children that help educators pinpoint how to challenge and support each child. The company grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and patented its products in collaboration with MIT. Children’s Progress’ diagnostic assessments, web-based reports and instructional recommendations are designed to support the ongoing formative assessment process and have been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide.

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