SOURCE: MetaMetrics


March 23, 2011 07:00 ET

MetaMetrics and Northwest Evaluation Association Renew Agreement for Twelfth Year

DURHAM, NC and PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - MetaMetrics® and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) are pleased to announce that they have renewed their agreement, continuing a business relationship begun in 1999. The agreement allows NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment system to include in its reports a reference to The Lexile® Framework for Reading. 

MAP adaptive assessments provide administrators, educators and parents with valuable information about students' learning level and growth, as well as their progress toward state and national standards. Since 1999, MAP reports have included a reading range score that correlates a student's MAP test score with The Lexile Framework for Reading. The Lexile Framework is a valuable resource for developing custom lists of books and articles appropriate for the reading level and personal interests of each student.

"Using MAP data and a student's RIT score, and our proprietary algorithm developed with MetaMetrics, a teacher can understand what reading resources are appropriate and available to meet the child's learning level," said Matt Chapman, NWEA president and CEO. "At NWEA, we are committed to providing not only data, but meaningful instructional tools to appropriately help kids learn and teachers be more effective -- Lexile measures help us towards that goal."

MAP tests are computer-adaptive and adjust with each item, giving a precise and accurate measure of student learning and growth, based on NWEA's reliable and stable RIT scores. MAP tests are also state-aligned, and help educators predict a student's performance on state proficiency exams. The tests provide detailed, accurate information about students' comprehension levels, enabling educators to use tools like the Lexile Framework to differentiate instruction and drive improved outcomes for every child. MAP tests help educators reduce the achievement gap by focusing on actual student growth, not grade level.

Created by educators for educators, NWEA's MAP assessments are based on more than 30 years of research and refinement. They are currently used in nearly 5,000 school districts and educational agencies in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit

"We are pleased to extend our relationship with NWEA and, more importantly, to maintain the continuity of Lexile data that so many educators trust to guide their classroom instruction," said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., MetaMetrics president and co-founder. "More than ever, educators must continually assess how much reading growth is required for students to achieve state and national proficiency standards, and as they prepare for the reading demands of their college and career goals."

The Lexile Framework for Reading is a unique educational tool for accurately matching readers with text. The Lexile Framework measures both text complexity and reading ability, which helps educators, librarians and parents find books, articles and other materials appropriate for each student. By starting with the reading range score produced from a student's MAP assessment, and correlating that score with the Lexile Framework, a Lexile-based booklist is generated that will challenge the student's reading ability, while still maintaining interest and learning. Recognized as the most widely used reading metric, more than 30 million Lexile measures are reported annually from reading assessments and programs, representing more than half of U.S. students. For more information on the Lexile Framework and to search for books by Lexile measure, visit

About NWEA
NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization based in Portland, Oregon. NWEA partners with educational organizations worldwide to provide computer-based assessment suites, professional development, and research services. NWEA's mission: Partnering to help all kids learn.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) adaptive assessments leverage over 30 years of research into student growth and yield unparalleled data that informs decision making at every level, from classroom to boardroom. NWEA continues to expand curriculum, instruction, and assessment offerings all in a unified system with NWEA's vertical scale providing stability and alignment throughout. Professional development offerings help educators use data to transform outcomes. The Kingsbury Center at NWEA, NWEA's research arm, uses the one-of-a-kind Growth Research Database (GRD™) to drive original research with universities, foundations and policy makers. Learn more at

About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics, an educational measurement and research organization, develops scientific measures of student achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning. Our renowned psychometric team created the widely adopted Lexile Framework for Reading (; El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the reading framework; The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics (; and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, we offer professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services. Connect with us at

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