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NWEA Overview

Portland, OR
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
K-12 Education
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Putting kids first, since 1977. We are a global not-for-profit dedicated to helping kids live their dreams. Data is our tool -- gathered through our assessments, validated by research and brought to life by our 5000+ partners.

Mission: Partnering to help all kids learn®.

Company Updates

  • NWEA launches MAP En Espanol.

    Say ¡Hola! to MAP en español | NWEA Connection

    font:style=border: 0px; font-weight: bold;}*MAP Spanish offers equitable assessment tools to better understand the next steps in learning for your

  • NWEA staff and their families made #MLKDay2019 a day on, for service, at local schools and guidance centers including Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School, Child & Family Guidance Center of Texoma, PPS Astor K-8 School and Rigler Elementary School Portland, OR.

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NWEA – Why Work For Us?

We started with a dream of our own: to devise a formative testing system that responds dynamically to the child, and gives educators detailed insight into  kids' learning.

Today, 24 million assessments later, we still measure our success against these core beliefs:

  • Continuous growth provides opportunity and challenge.
  • Collaborative efforts contribute to mutual strength and vitality.
  • Investment in local expertise and resources enhances kids' growth.
  • Continuing relationships are vital to effectiveness.
  • Credibility is built through quality products and responsive service.
  • Thoughtful questioning and reflection are critical to creating the future.
  • Contributing to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge expands our capacity to improve education.

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At NWEA we not only offer competitive pay, career development opportunities and an awesome culture, we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees’ holistic well-being.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance: For employee only coverage, our medical, RX, dental and vision premiums are paid at 100% for eligible employees. NWEA also pays a portion of the dependent premium costs for eligible employees. An additional $400 per month, which can be used to offset premium cost for dependents, or other items not currently covered by NWEA, is also provided in addition to base salary. Our dental plan includes coverage for orthodontia services, and our Vision plan includes discounts on laser vision correction. We even offer pet insurance for your furry family members!
  • Wellness: Designed to promote a healthier and well balanced lifestyle, our Wellness program offers massages through our onsite Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), onsite acupuncture, fitness center and locker rooms, bike storage, yearly flu shots and wellness fairs. We also offer an athletic/ recreational reimbursement to help pay for wellness outside of the office. Our staff also have free access to the Lan Su Chinese Garden. 
  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Life balance is a part of overall wellness, and we encourage our people to remember this by taking time away from the office. Regular full time employees are eligible to accrue up to 4 weeks of PTO during the first year of employment, 5 weeks after the first year, and 6 weeks after the second year and all years thereafter.
  • Holidays: 8 designated paid holidays per year.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Use pre-tax dollars to pay for certain health, dependent care and transportation expenses.


  • Group Retirement Plan: NWEA contributes 15% of eligible employees’ base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: In addition to paying for a variety of job and career related trainings, NWEA reimburses up to $1,500 per year, per employee.
  • NWEA Family Scholarship: Inspired by our vision for education, the NWEA Family Scholarship Program provides opportunities for financial support to dependent children of NWEA staff.
  • Professional coaching services: We want staff to be successful in their current and future career, and to support this, offer the private, confidential services of our certified, on-staff coach.


  • Life and AD& D Insurance: Employees receive policies equal to 1 time their annual salary ($50,000 minimum) for Life and AD&D insurance. Premiums are 100% employer – paid.
  • Long Term Disability: LNWEA pays premiums for long-term disability insurance with benefits equal to 60% of base salary (subject to policy maximum) after 90 days of disability or partial disability.
  • Identity Theft Management Services: NWEA provides proactive identity theft management services for employees.
  • Employee Assistant Program (EAP): NWEA’s EAP offers free, confidential counseling and assistance in resolving situations that may come up in your personal or professional life such as family and personal conflicts, stress, loss and grief issues, financial and legal issues, child care referrals, etc.


  • Free Parking: NWEA offers free onsite parking (limited number of spaces), to full time staff on a first come first-serve basis. Designated spots for carpooling, and 3 recharging stations are available for electric vehicles.
  • TriMet pass: NWEA provides TriMet passes for all Portland based, fulltime staff.
  • ZipCar: No application fee, reduced annual fees and discounted daily rates.
  • Opportunities (and encouragement) to volunteer: We have opportunities on site at our office locations for community giving in the form of used clothing drives, food drives, and blood drives. We also have active and ongoing volunteering partnership with organizations like the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portland, and the Blanchet House.
  • PERKS: NWEA partners with multiple organizations to provide discounts for various services like athletic club and hotel discounts, and dry cleaning services.

NWEA Reviews

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    I have been working at NWEA full-time (More than 8 years)


    I feel empowered to do my work, build my team and now we are creating a strong peer leadership team for our department. We are getting results as an organization and I've never been more confident of our future.


    It's still too hard to work with some of the teams across the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Ask the tough questions and probe beneath the surface. We are weeding out bad habits, but some people still manage up while creating chaos around them and their EVP is none the wiser.

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NWEA Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at NWEA.


    45 min HR phone screen; 30 min hiring manager call; Two 1 hour onsite panel interviews; In general, the experience was well organized and relaxed. The employees were nice.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when there was a conflict and how did you respond?   1 Answer
    • Tell me what an API is   Answer Question
    • Do you know why they call it a "technical" product manager?   Answer Question
    • Why are you leaving current employer?   Answer Question
    • Connect the dots for me. Your experience as it relates to the role.   Answer Question
    • What aspects of the req are your strengths? Weaknesses?   Answer Question
    • How are you going to deal with frustrating stakeholders? What if they are PhDs?   Answer Question
    • If you are a disciplined, process oriented individual. . . how will you be successful here where it is very chaotic?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a typical day in your current job   Answer Question
    • Clarify your resume -- does title X mean what we think it means?   Answer Question
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NWEA Awards & Accolades

  • Platinum in the Assessment Category, THE Journal, 2017
  • Award of Excellence: Upgraded Product - MAP Growth & MAP Skills, Tech and Learning Magazine, 2017
  • Best In Show, Tech & Learning Magazine, 2015
  • Readers' Choice Top Products, District Administration Magazine, 2015
  • Award of Excellence: MAP Growth, Tech and Learning Magazine, 2016
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