Handwriting Assessment Tools

The following is an overview of print and cursive handwriting assessment tools. For more information and links to individual handwriting assessment tools, please scroll down.
 
Overview of Manuscript Handwriting Assessment Tools
•   Assessment Evidence Tools

CHILDREN’S HANDWRITING EVALUATION SCALE (CHES-C)
Description: Norm-referenced tool that assesses cursive writing of children in grades 3 through 8. Task consists of near-point copying of short paragraphs. Similar features of CHES-M.

Authors: Joanne Phelps, Lynn Stempel, and Gail Speck (1984)
Publication:   CHES
Information: 6031 St. Andrews
Dallas, TX 75205

CHILDREN’S HANDWRITING EVALUATION SCALE FOR MANUSCRIPT WRITING (CHES-M)
Description: Norm-referenced test that examines rate and quality of children’s handwriting within a near-point copying task. Children’s handwriting in grades 1 and 2 are examined qualitatively by letterforms, spacing, rhythm, and general appearance.

Authors: Joanne Phelps and Lynn Stempel (1987)
Publication:   CHES
Information: 6031 St. Andrews
Dallas, TX 75205

DENVER HANDWRITING ANALYSIS
Description: Criterion-referenced tool evaluating cursive handwriting of students in grades 3 through 8. Each of the following tasks has a time limit per grade: near-point copying, writing the alphabet from memory, far-point copying, manuscript-cursive transition, and dictation.

Author: Peggy L. Anderson (1983)
Publication:   Academic Therapy Publications
Information: 20 Commercial Boulevard
Novato, CA 94947-6191[J1]

EVALUATION TOOL OF CHILDREN’S HANDWRITING (ETCH)
Description: Criterion-referenced test measuring a child’s legibility and speed of children’s handwriting in grades 1 through 6. Domains (manuscript or cursive) include alphabet writing of lowercase and uppercase letters, numeral writing, near-point copying, far-point copying, manuscript-to-cursive transition, dictation, and sentence composition.

Author: Susan J. Amundson, MS, OT (1995)
Publication:   O.T. KIDS, Inc.
Information  P.O. Box 1118
Homer, AK 99603

MINNESOTA HANDWRITING ASSESSMENT (MHA)
Description: Norm-referenced test that looks at quality and speed of manuscript handwriting of a near-point copying task. Models are in Zaner-Blöser or D’Nealian script for children in grades 1 and 2.

Author: Judith Reisman, PhD, OT (1999)
Publication:   Therapy Skill Builders
Information: Psychological Corporation
195000 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 79259
(800) 872-1726

TEST OF HANDWRITING SKILLS
Description: Norm-referenced test that examines both manuscript and cursive handwriting through dictation, near-point copying, and alphabet writing from memory. Normative data is provided for children 5 through 11 years old.

Author: Morrison F. Gardner (1998)
Publication:   Western Psychological Services
Information: 12031 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025-1251
(800) 648-8857

The Print Tool 
Description: The Print Tool is a complete printing assessment for students age six and older.  The Print Tool assesses capitals, numbers, and lowercase letter skills.  The skills evaluated include: memory, orientation, placement, size, start, sequence, control, and spacing.

Authors: Jan Z. Olsen, OTR and Emily F. Knapton, OTR/L (2006)
Information: 8001 MacArthur Blvd
Cabin John, MD 20818
(301) 263-2700  Fax: (301) 263-2707
www.hwtears.com
JanOlsen@hwtears.com

2007 - EKU-Occupational Therapy Research Center