The Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS), sometimes called 'The Party', is a research-based assessment of early mathematical thinking that draws on both modern cognitive science and developmental and educational research. Developed by Dr. Herbert Ginsburg and colleagues at Teachers College, Columbia University, the assessment is designed to measure a broad range of mathematical domains, including numeracy, computation, patterning, geometry and spatial sense. The domains assessed by the EMAS are aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2000). Teachers use a picture-flipbook and manipulatives to administer the assessment, while reading the script and entering data directly on-line via the assessment application (typical administration lasts roughly 20 minutes).
Social Skills and Self-Regulation Assessment
Self-regulation and social skills are measured using the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS). The CBRS is a short rating scale completed by the teacher that measures a student's approaches to learning, self-regulation, and social-emotional development. Seven items on the CBRS comprise the social skills domain, and ten items comprise the self-regulation domain. Items are assessed using a five-point scale (1= never, 5= always). It takes 1-3 minutes per child to complete by the teacher, and does not need to be completed during class time.
The VKRP assessments of math, social skills and self-regulation complement the existing Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) system, which assesses children's literacy skills and is used in 99% of school divisions across Virginia. Learn more about our connection with PALS.