WERA recognizes contributions to educational research with five awards. Members are encouraged to make nominations for the awards. Self-nominations are accepted.

WERA Outstanding Dissertation Award:

Purpose – To recognize exemplary dissertation research by doctoral students related to improving K-12 or higher education.

Eligibility – Candidates must have successfully defended their dissertation and been awarded a doctorate degree by an accredited Washington state institution in the calendar year in which the application is due.

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WERA Research Award:

This award is given to an individual, group, association, or agency. Recipient need not be a WERA member.

Criteria: Outstanding educational research. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • instructional research
  • program evaluation
  • intervention research
  • research on or for special populations
  • assessment research
  • educational policy research
  • school climate research
  • parent/community needs assessments

Research should have state-wide application in terms of results, methodology or analyses. Research should have long-term value.

WERA Product Award:

This award recognizes outstanding professional products related to:

  • testing
  • assessment
  • program evaluation
  • policy research
  • instructional research
  • school or district profiles
  • instructional evaluation
  • test or evaluation reporting


  • Product must be of high technical quality.
  • Product must be original work.
  • Product must effectively communicate to a wide audience.
  • Product must have state-wide value.
  • Product must have long-term value.

For the above two awards, provide name and address of nominee, a description of the project or product that serves as the basis for the nomination, and the reason you are making the nomination. Please explain the significance of the contribution made by the nominee. For the product award, please include access to the product and documentation.  Email nomination materials to Melanie Quaempts, WERA Executive Secretary, at [email protected]
Deadline: October 30th.

Gordon B. Ensign Award:

This award is presented to a person or institution that has demonstrated and exemplified outstanding contributions to the education of students in Washington State in keeping with WERA’s mission. This award does not require that the recipient be or have been a member of WERA.

Art Maser Service Award:

This award is presented to a WERA member (or institution, education service association or organization) who has demonstrated and exemplified outstanding service to WERA and who has made a significant contribution to the field of educational research.

For the above two awards, send an email with the name and address of nominee, along with a complete description of the individual's contributions to Melanie Quaempts, WERA Executive Secretary, at [email protected]
Deadline: October 30th.

WERA Distinguished Paper Award:

This award recognizes an outstanding paper related to an important educational topic, and will be submitted by WERA for the author to present the paper at the AERA annual meeting.  This award helps promote and recognize important educational research taking place in the state.

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Assessment Directors’ Network Award:

This award is given for outstanding contributions in assisting district assessment directors and coordinators with operating their assessment programs.  This award is given by the Assessment Directors’ Network subgroup of WERA at their discretion.