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COVID-19 Information for National Emergency Training Center Students

Note: effective July 28, 2021, all Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status or level of COVID transmission in your local area, are required to wear a mask inside all DHS workspaces and Federal buildings.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to monitor the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it relates to COVID-19. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is encouraging organizations to promote social distancing, hold meetings via videoconferencing, reduce non-essential travel, and adjust or postpone events and gatherings. We also continue to evaluate the local and national situation and will provide regular updates.

Students will be notified in advance concerning the status of their on-campus course offering.

We thank you for your understanding, and we invite you to visit our extensive catalog of Independent Study Courses as well as classroom courses available by virtual delivery.

Test Bank and Exam Standards

The following standards apply to all test banks created for EMI including Instructor Led Training and Independent Study courses.

The developer shall develop pre- and post-course assessments for all courses consisting of 12 or more contact hours (which equates to roughly two-full days of classroom instruction). Online courses do not require pre-course assessments. The pre- and post-course assessments shall follow the requirements outlined below in either Knowledge Examination and/or Skills Assessment.

Knowledge Exam/Skill Assessment Specific Requirements

Knowledge Examinations

  1. The contractor/developer shall develop a test bank of questions for the course that support assessment of mastery of course objectives. Minimum passing grade for a knowledge examination is 75%.
    • The test bank must have a minimum of 10 test items (questions).
    • The test bank must contain at least four test items per enabling objective.
    • True/False and Yes/No test items may not be used.
    • The following distractors may not be used in Multiple Choice test items:
      • “All of the Above”
      • “None of the Above”
    • The test bank must be created using the Excel Template provided. All applicable fields must be filled out (The EMI Final Exam template can be downloaded by selecting this link). No other format will be accepted.
  2. In addition to the Excel Test Bank, the contractor/developer shall develop a pre- and post-course knowledge assessment for the course utilizing the test items contained in the test bank (Excel spreadsheet).
    • A Microsoft Word version of the Pre- and Post-Course Assessments must be developed outside of the LCMS (applies to Instructor Led courses only).
    • The Pre- and Post-Course Assessments must have an answer key in Microsoft Word format (applies to Instructor Led courses only).

Skill Assessments

  1. Each Student Activity within the course will be graded to assess the student’s mastery of skills in accordance with the course enabling objectives. Minimum passing grade for a skill assessment is 75%.
  2. Skill assessments must, at minimum, assess all steps of the skill/task to be gained as a result of training.
  3. Skill assessments shall utilize an objective evaluation guide, or rubric, to evaluate student mastery of the skill. An example rubric can be provided by the COR.
  4. The Skill Assessment shall be contained in the IG.

Independent Study Specific Requirements

EMI uses a proprietary system for administering the final exam. As such, there are specific requirements that must be followed before a final exam will be accepted. All final exam submissions will be posted on two independent systems; the capability of these systems in terms of administering the final exam are described below:

  1. EMI eLearning – randomly displays a specified number of questions from the total number of questions provided for the question bank. Developer must let us know how many questions per objective should be displayed (minimum of 2).
  2. FEMA Employee Knowledge Center (FEKC) – Displays ALL provided questions (no randomization and no question subset). If only a subset of questions should be provided, mark the FEKC column "True" in the template.
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