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Group and Individual Assessment of Handwriting Speed

Instructions for Administration and Scoring

Give out the introductory information sheet and two lined A4
sheets (with margins) to each student.

Make sure they all have a pen.

No rubbers are allowed, mistakes should be crossed through with
one line only.

Read the instructions on the paper to the students, giving them
time to choose their topic.(Suggestions may be needed)

Tell them they may write notes, plans, make spider grams during
the 2 minutes, about their chosen topic on their instruction sheet.

When they are all quiet, start the 2 minutes thinking/planning
time.

When the 2 minutes is over, say clearly
"20 minutes writing time begins NOW."

After 15 minutes please tell the students they have 5 minutes left

Make sure everyone stops writing as soon as the time is up.

Each sheet must have the student's name on and must be securely
clipped together.

Counting words is very time-consuming so it would be
sensible to instruct the students in a large group.

Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss
The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
www.patoss-dyslexia.org

Abbreviated forms of 'and' all count as one word. but if there are full stops between. otherwise as separate words. Initials acting as a name e. Directions for Counting Include all crossed out words. Record the total words in each line at the end of the line. without punctuation count as one word.patoss-dyslexia. If two or more letters are crossed out.org . count as separate words. then count them as one word. It may be wise to double check some scripts as counting can be difficult. or just the last straw! Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www.: PC or GCSE count as whole words.g.g alot. A dash joining two words or parts of words makes them a single word. Two words written as one must count as one word e. Calculators may be required to add numbers to get total words for each section. Similarly for numbers.

sport. Thank you for your co-operation. plans or spidergrams. Handwriting Speed Assessment male/female Name: (please circle) Date of birth: Age today: Form: School Year: The results of this exercise will help to decide whether you need help with the presentation of work in exams. You will have 20 minutes to write about your chosen subject. Please use all the time.org . favourite person or something you like or hate. Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www.patoss-dyslexia. pet. You can use this paper for making any notes. For 2 minutes think about a chosen subject such as a holiday. just as you would in an exam.

might find ways to avoid feelings of failure.3 8. I am delighted to be able to publish the results from 2. for examination purposes.3 16.GCSE & GNVQ A Practical Guide. Students must first be identified. I tested almost 900 pupils in my own school. using the test that is published in Backhouse.words per 13.4 10.8 10. This depends on the tuition and revision methods and revolves around study skills.7 16.VCE. The ability to read and interpret the questions correctly in a limited time.7 40% slower (amanuensis) 8. Slow handwriting speed is a major factor. Speed .G. A DfES Best Practice Scholarship has allowed me to continue to add data from other schools and I have included the results: Year Year Year Year Year 7 8 9 10 11 Average H.patoss-dyslexia. affecting behaviour and learning. Exam Success depends upon: Thorough subject knowledge and understanding. Penny Allcock.4 9. It would also bring them to the attention of staff. comprehension and rate. This second component is the complex skill of reading and includes accuracy. they will see that pupils who cannot keep up with writing in class. G. by misbehaving.8 9. 2000 and this formed the basis of my MA dissertation in 2000. which results from lack of tuition in handwriting skills.2 12. 2000 Providing for Candidates with Special Assessment needs during GCE[A- Level]. Backhouse. HANDWRITING SPEED ASSESSMENT UPDATE September 2001: Testing Handwriting Speed From 1999 many members of Patoss have contributed timings of handwriting speed to given criteria.1 The test and the results are accepted as evidence to support applications for any students with slow handwriting speeds to be given adequate time to show subject knowledge. raise their self-esteem and provide equal opportunity for achieving success.9 14.9 /minute 25% slower (extra-time) 10. Slow Handwriting may be due to: • Delays in information processing • Problems with spelling • Motor co-ordination difficulties • Labour intensive style.W. Lastly there is the composition and execution of the written evidence to prove that the candidate has subject knowledge and understanding. Ideally all students should be tested annually and this would provide evidence to support special arrangements in all written exams.701 students aged 11-16 years.9 11. My sincere thanks to everyone who supported me in the successful outcome of this research. which prevents many students achieving the success they deserve.8 12. ISBN 0 9539315 0 1 Handwriting Speed Assessment distributed by Patoss The Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties www.org . I hope you will find it useful. If only schools could be persuaded to regard this also as a problem in the classroom.6 15. efforts made to improve their speed.