English Language Assessment: The Oral And Written Expression Scale

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The Oral and Written Expression Scale (OWLS), is a normalized English assessment designed for individuals ages 3 to 20. OWLS is a developmentally appropriate assessment for students in the 1st grade, whom average 6-years old. The purpose of the OWLS assessment is to act as either a screening or diagnostic tool in order to assess the individual student’s specific developmental areas of needs and strengths in English language skills. The assessment consists of four key scales or measurement tools, listening comprehension, oral expression, written expression and the reading comprehension scale (Carrow). OWLS assessment is a source of many benefits which can be administered quickly and in multiple sessions, with the opportunity to focus on only …show more content…
OWLS tests are not specifically generated to recognize linguistic difference, however as with any modern assessment they do attempt to create culturally unbiased format. Individual scores can be used to track progress, achievement, and special needs for learning delayed and LEP students. Results of the OWLS assessment are very specific in order for the examiner to assess exactly which developmental areas are in need of change. Results can be communicated with the parents in either a percentile score based on similar age and grade or in content specific areas of need. They need help with and excel with, and last descriptive labels such as “exceptional” or “possibly disordered”. Due to the specific results of the OWLS assessment, immediate changes to lesson planning become possible and intervention programs can be designed to specifically help each student. As soon as the educator’s plan of action is in effect the test can be re-administered to track growth, including students to build confidence. Many benefits to using OWLS in a classroom include testing for language and learning disorders, tracking student growth, and assistance in the development of specific plans and interventions needed for LEP, ELL, ESOL and other learning disorder a student may …show more content…
The K-ABC contains five major scales which are simultaneous, sequential, planning, learning, and knowledge (Pearson). The test is administered in under one and a half hours depending on which variation is needed, while one has more English required then the other. K-ABC is administered individually and only by psychologists or other cognitive specialists. The K-ABC has excelled in culturally fair assessment design and has been redesigned in order to more adequately assess students of different cultural backgrounds. Prior to this redesign, the K-ABC maintained status one of the least culturally biased assessments due to its minimal cultural content (Pearson). The test provides accurate Spanish-language responses and recording format to increase the accuracy of scoring cognitive abilities with Spanish speaking students (Pearson). The results of this test are standardized and have a mean score of 100 with a standard deviation of 15. A score of 100 represents the norm or average score, above 100 means high functioning or advanced and below 100 means delayed or that a disorder may be present (Mays). Results from the K-ABC assessment should be used to make instructional changes in accordance to the phycologists’ findings. If the results reveal that the child may display signs of having a disorder, steps should be

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