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.
Here’s what they found:
- Applicants who enrolled scored 10 points higher on average (out of 100) on the MEFS than those who did not. This is a statistically significant difference (p < .05), and suggests that the yield included students with higher EF skills.
- The MEFS was significantly correlated with admissions measures of math (p < .05) and social-emotional skills (p < .01).
- When all admissions variables were pitted against one another in a regression analysis, only the MEFS (p < .05) and academic knowledge (p < .01) were significant and unique predictors of Kindergarten Reading Level.
- Applicants with higher MEFS scores went on to have higher scores in Kindergarten on decoding text, phonemic awareness, alphabet recognition, reading accuracy, number identification, and teacher ratings of concentration.
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