We have created this page in an effort to help parents understand how to work with Empower to access your child's scores.  In its current form, this page will provide directions on how to print reports, access online scores, and answer some very basic questions. 

We hope that you find this information useful.  If you have additional questions or have suggestions for additional instructions, please email Kevin Perkins (, RSU 57 Technology Director. 

Accessing/Printing Reports
How to Print Your Child's Report (click on the link)

What is an Activity Score?
Activity scores are given by the teacher to score assignments that are given in class.  Scoring guides are available to describe what is behind each score. Click on any target code (see example) to bring up the scoring guide.
Target Code Example

What is an Overall Score?
Overall scores are determined by the teacher.  A teacher will review multiple activity scores to see a pattern of learning to determine the overall score.  In a typical pattern of learning, a learner will begin at a 1 or 2 and build their learning to a 3 or a 4.  

What is Performance-Based Grading?
Performance-based grading (PBG) addresses three critical areas. 
  • PBG focuses instruction on the learning goals of the class and individual students. 
  • PBG focuses activities and assessments on learning goals. 
  • PBG relies on specific and meaningful feedback that focuses on the next steps of learning for an individual student.
The following video explains these basic concepts of performance-based or standards-based grading.

An Introduction to Standards-Based Grading

What is an Assessment? - An assessment is any time a learner is able to perform the desired skill, task, or demonstrate his or her knowledge.  Assessments may be observations, essays, tests, projects, discussions, etc.

What do you mean by content area? - A content area is an area of study: math, English language arts, social studies, science, music, physical education, art, world languages, etc.

What is meant by "foundational skills and knowledge"? - Foundational skills and knowledge are found in scoring level 2 and may include vocabulary or basic knowledge that must be known to complete a 3 level task.  
3 = Understands the similarities and differences between or among two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes.  
2 = Knows the following details: 2-dimensional shapes are lying in a plane (flat), 3-dimensional shapes are solid and knows attributes of shapes: sides, edges, angles, vertices (corners), faces

What is a learning target? - A learning target is a skill or piece of knowledge that a learner must demonstrate.  The RSU #57 curriculum lists these skills and knowledge as learning targets that all students must hit while in our schools.

What is a measurement topic? - Each content area is divided into smaller groups or themes of learning called measurement topics.  Measurement topics represent a manageable increase or scaffolding of learning, each beginning at level one and increasing in complexity of skill and depth of knowledge as you go higher.  The number of targets in a measurement topic progression is determined by the number of steps necessary to properly scaffold learning within the topic until the desired exit target is reached. 

What does it mean to be proficient? - Proficiency is demonstrating a skill at the right level.  According to, if you are proficient, you are adept, competent, experienced, accomplished, or able.

What is a reasoning process? - defines reasoning as the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgements, and inferences. RSU #57 uses the research of Robert Marzano in our work.  Dr. Marzano has created a taxonomy of reasoning processes.  Marzano's Taxonomy is used to define the complexity and rigor of an assessment or activity.

What is a scoring guide? - A scoring guide is used as a guide for teachers and learners to determine the skills and knowledge that must be mastered.  The scoring guide contains a foundational skill target (2), the essential target (3), and an opportunity to demonstrate learning that is above and beyond the essential target (4). The scoring guide also includes scoring levels that end in .5 for students that have grown but may not have reached the next level. The scoring guide also includes the reasoning or things level for each target and sample assessments that add clarity in defining how a student can demonstrate their learning.