Measuring Early Math Skills
The Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) measures a broad range of mathematical areas, including numeracy, computation, patterning, and geometry.
VKRP uses the Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) to measure children’s mathematical skills. The EMAS is a reliable and valid assessment that draws on modern cognitive science, as well as developmental and educational research. The EMAS was originally created by Dr. Herb Ginsburg and colleagues at Teachers College, Columbia University. Researchers at the University of Virginia have expanded and adapted the original assessment to include a greater range in the difficulty and types of items.
Administered in the fall and spring, the EMAS provides a snapshot of children’s mathematics skills, giving teachers an opportunity to individualize instruction and assess growth across the kindergarten school year.
Get to Know the EMAS
This short video highlights the importance of early math and how the Early Mathematics Assessment System helps support these critical skills.
The EMAS at a Glance
EMAS Information Guide
This two-page guide provides more information about the assessment, its development, and its psychometric properties.