Research Scientist – Edu...

Northwest Evaluation Association

NWEA has a new opening for Research Scientist within our Education Research group located in our downtown Portland location. This is a full-time position with competitive compensation, a generous benefits package and career growth opportunities.

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 7,600 partners in U.S. schools, school 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. To better inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments with nearly eight million students.

Position summary

The responsibility of this position is to enhance the capabilities of the Research Team to provide research support to the organization and its member agencies. This team of professionals has responsibility for conducting education focused research, researching practical applications of assessment in the field, supporting major account partners, validating NWEA products and services, and developing relationships with foundations, universities, and the educational research community. The research scientist will conduct and support work in one or more of these areas of focus.


• Work with the director of Educational Research to develop a plan to support NWEA’s Research Agenda and development roadmap

• Perform research to enhance the application and use of assessment data in the field.

• Perform research in the area of education policy.

• Work with others to design new reports that complement new test types and features

• Perform research to validate the efficacy of new products and services that enhance NWEA’s capabilities to assess the growth of student achievement

• Serve as principal investigator for research projects with universities, foundations, the government, and other agencies

• Serve as primary author for technical reports and documentation

• Serve as primary author for published studies and peer-reviewed articles

• Provide support to NWEA partners in the field.

• Present research findings, assessment topics, and testing related issues to external audiences

• Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the team and the entire organization

Skills and abilities

• Demonstrated facility with measurement and statistical software (SPSS, SAS, or similar programs) and data visualization software.

• Experience with value-added modelling.

• Ability to design and implement field research studies

• Demonstrated ability to analyze large data sets in an efficient manner

• Mastery of written English needed to write technical and non-technical reports and documentation

• Ability to explain complex measurement and statistical concepts to professionals. Ability to work from an organizational perspective

• Ability to work collaboratively with an organizational perspective.

• The ability to adapt research skills and approaches in a flexible and responsive manner to organizational needs.

Education and experience

• Ph.D. in educational research, assessment, sociology, economics, or related field with prior research work focused on practical questions related to education policy, teaching and learning, and/or education assessment

• Work experience in the area of assessment or educational testing.

• Experience developing practical solutions to applied education problems

• Experience as an investigator on large scale research projects


NWEA’s generous benefits package includes: 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance for eligible employees; company-paid public transportation, indoor bicycle racks, and free on-site parking; convenient location near public transportation near the Pearl District in downtown Portland; additional monthly compensation in the form of flex pay; and a 15% annual employer contribution toward our 403b retirement plan. In addition, NWEA’s culture promotes work-life balance. Accordingly, we offer 4 weeks’ PTO in the first year, 5 weeks’ PTO after the first year anniversary, and 6 weeks’ PTO after the second year anniversary and in subsequent years. Our employees also enjoy flexible work schedules.

NWEA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and we do not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status or consideration protected by local, state and federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. Equal opportunity applies to hiring, promotion, training, compensation, and any other organizational action. NWEA's written Affirmative Action Plan is available to all employees and job applicants upon request.

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