Answers to All Your eMPower Questions
- What type of tests are eMPower Assessments?
eMPower Assessments are interim assessments that measure student growth up to three times a year. As a general achievement measure, eMPower helps district leaders and teachers monitor student progress toward end-of-year goals and identify students or curriculum areas that need additional attention. The interim test content covers the full year’s standards. eMPower Assessments are criterion-referenced tests that measure what students are expected to know and be able to do for their grade level.
- Which grades and subjects does eMPower cover?
eMPower Assessments measure growth for students in grades 3–8 in reading, writing and language, and mathematics. eMPower Assessments can be used together with the SAT® Suite of Assessments for grades 8–12 to create a coherent program for grades 3–12. For assessment of additional grades or subjects, Measured Progress provides customized test creation through its Assessment Services team.
- How do eMPower Assessments measure growth toward college and career readiness?
eMPower Assessments provide a scale score to measure student growth toward grade-level standards three times a year. eMPower Assessments report 8th grade results on both the eMPower vertical score scale and the score scale of the SAT Suite of Assessments. 8th grade results include PSAT™ College and Career Readiness Benchmarks and provide a direct predictive connection to the PSAT 8/9. The PSAT 8/9- predicted scores give students and parents a framework for meaningful interpretation of their eMPower reports.
- How do eMPower Assessments support instruction?
eMPower reports provide instructional links, so teachers know what to do next to support student learning. An optional eMPower Classroom component provides additional formative assessment resources, to further pinpoint areas of student need and gather evidence of student learning.
- Which standards are assessed in each eMPower administration?
eMPower Assessments measure the full year’s college and career readiness standards for each grade level in winter and spring. The fall test helps establish a baseline for growth, and includes questions built on the previous grade’s standards. For example, the grade 3 fall test includes questions built to grade 2 standards. The grade 3 winter and spring tests include questions built to grade 3 standards. To learn more about the skills assessed, standards covered, and claims about the meaning of eMPower Assessments scores, please see the eMPower Assessments Technical Bulletin.
- What is the connection to the College Board?
Measured Progress worked with the College Board to ensure that eMPower Assessments connect to the SAT Suite of Assessments, providing rich and consistent information about student performance and college readiness. Content teams from both organizations collaborated to ensure consistency between eMPower Assessments and the SAT Suite, with similar content standards, levels of cognitive demand, and item and passage types. In fact, Measured Progress helped develop many of the English language arts and mathematics questions (items) used on the PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT 10 assessments.
- What research supports the PSAT 8/9 score scale prediction?
Measured Progress and the College Board have conducted a linking study—in which students took both the grade 8 eMPower assessment and the PSAT 8/9 within a two-week administration window—to connect the two assessments. This linking study and resulting standard setting ensure proper alignment of the proficient performance levels for the grade 8 eMPower scales to the college and career readiness performance expectations on the SAT Suite scale.
- How soon are interim score reports delivered, and what do they show?
eMPower Assessments provide immediate score reporting for interim assessments, once the district completes testing. eMPower provides score reporting at the classroom, school, and district level. Individual student score reports for eMPower Assessments provide scale scores in reading, writing and language, and mathematics. Reports also show proficiency level subscores for specific skills within each content area. A grade 8 eMPower report predicts a student’s PSAT 8/9 scores for evidence-based reading and writing, and mathematics.
- What if I have some students take eMPower online and some paper/pencil?
eMPower Assessments can be delivered either online or paper/pencil. Individual districts may assess different grade levels through different modalities.
- When are administration dates for eMPower?
eMPower Assessments provides flexible test administration windows. Your district can schedule eMPower administrations based on your assessment calendar. Districts can choose to do one, two, or three administrations per year. The timing for eMPower Assessments administrations is generally in the fall, winter, and spring.
- What accommodations are available?
In addition to universal tools embedded within the eMPower test delivery platform such as magnification and visual contrast controls, read-aloud/text-to-speech will be built-in for the online test. Accommodations that are a regular part of instruction/assessment for students with disabilities and English-language learners may be used. Please see the Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines for additional information.
- What technology do eMPower Assessments require?
Teachers, administrators, and proctors can use PCs, Macs, iPads, or Chromebooks with a standard browser application. For test-taking students, a Windows-secure browser is recommended. A secure browser application on Chromebooks will first be available for the fall 2017–18 test administrations. See the system requirements for additional information.
- How is writing assessed through eMPower Assessments?
The eMPower writing and language tests assess a student’s ability to analyze others’ writing, and prompts them for suggestions on how to improve written work. The writing and language tests also measure a student’s command of language and vocabulary, and ask students to identify and correct errors in standard writing conventions and spelling. The eMPower writing and language tests are similar to the writing analysis and English language and conventions portion of the PSAT 8/9 test. Direct writing tasks that elicit extended, essay-length responses are available in eMPower Classroom—the optional formative assessment resources component of the eMPower Assessments suite.
- What types of items will students see on eMPower Assessments?
Types of items include selected-response—which could be multiple-choice, multiple-select, and/or evidence-based selected-response items that are auto-scored. eMPower Plus also includes constructed-response that are hand-scored, and will eventually include technology-enhanced items.
- Are science tests available?
eMPower Assessments are available for reading, writing and language, and mathematics. eMPower Science will be developed in the future. For formative assessment resources built to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS*), Measured Progress provides STEM Gauge®.
- Are the tests available in Spanish?
Spanish translation for mathematics and instructional text is in development.