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Teachers and school administrators can arrange for professional development about EF, including how to measure it using the MEFS, and how to improve Executive Function and social emotional learning in the classroom. Distinct from IQ, Executive Function is a set of skills that can be taught and learned. These skills are vital for success in today’s academic environment and are better predictors of academic success than IQ. Teachers can use the MEFS to identify children in need of additional assessment, to track the development of EF, and to evaluate the effects of interventions and curricula.
How Does MEFS Help in the Classroom?
Pre-screening helps determine who can benefit most from EF guidanceLearn More
Measuring EF over time shows efficacy of teaching and curriculumLearn More
Quick feedback provides data on efficacy of interventionsLearn More
Early intervention is critical to help prevent children from falling behindLearn More
Teachers report that the most important determinant of children's success in kindergarten and the early school years is how well they can sit still, pay attention, and follow rules—key EF skills.
EF skills can be assessed objectively and reliably using the MEFS, whereas teacher reports are often subject to bias, such as "halo" effects, where a teacher's feelings for a child may bias their assessment of the child's behavior. In addition, unlike teacher reports, which are time consuming and require teachers to observe their students for weeks or months, EF skills can be assessed quickly (~4 min) and at any time -- even prior to school entry.
Simply Measure What Matters
The MEFS provides a brief, reliable, valid, inexpensive, and easily administered direct behavioral measure of EF starting at age 2 and extending to age 85. Educators can identify children in need of additional assessment, track the development of EF during childhood and beyond, and evaluate the effects of interventions and curricula. You get instant, easy-to-understand results.
Case Study – MEFS Predicts K Outcomes
The Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS) is a brief, tablet-based comprehensive measure of executive function skills that is nationally normed down to 2 years of age. Reflection Sciences introduced the MEFS assessment to a consortium of independent schools to be used during the admissions process.
Download the Case Study below to see the outcomes.
Comparing and Selecting an Executive Function Assessment
Read our Comparative Article below to see how the MEFS compares to other measures of executive function.
Writing a grant or publication that includes the MEFS?
Download a description of the MEFS tool below.
Real World Reviews
Concrete, Scientific Feedback
Our teachers got really into the test and loved administering! They liked that it was such concrete feedback on each child and gave them real info on what/how to address in the classroom. Our parents really appreciated the concrete, scientific feedback at conferences.
Kristen Walker, Assistant Director (Ponce City Market Campus), The Suzuki School
An Ideal Solution
After an exhaustive search of trying to find a product that assesses Executive Function in 4-year-olds, we discovered the SRT created by Reflection Sciences. The MEFS, a 5- to 7-minute assessment, was everything we were looking for - a reliable, predictive and normed assessment that children actually enjoy taking. We are already looking forward to another year of using the MEFS with our Kindergarten applicants.
Elizabeth R. Santini, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Convent of the Sacred Heart
Kinderberry Hill has closely monitored research on Executive Function. We knew we wanted to be able to assess how our children are doing in this crucial area. We were excited to learn of the ground-breaking tools being developed by Reflection Sciences and are thrilled to partner with them.
Sara Reichstadt, Education Coordinator at Kinderberry Hill Child Develpment Center
Measuring What Matters
The MEFS provides our early childhood teachers with baseline data regarding a child's executive functioning skills and quarterly assessments allow us to ensure our children are developing these critical skills which are a better predictor of academic achievement.
Wendy Webster, Director of Community Services and Communications at St. Anthony-New Brighton School District
Contributing Insight with a Fun-to-Use Assessment
This dynamic company is rolling out an easy and fun-to-use assessment that teachers and specialists are going to love! It contributes insight and attention to EF development and jibes with the need for 21st century learning!
Heather Dawson, Special Education Teacher
Nurture Executive Function Skills
With this new partnership, our educators will be more intentional in nurturing Executive Function skills, so that our students are better prepared to learn, socialize and handle any situation that may develop in elementary school.
Jacqueline Cossentino, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector