Test of Early Written Language – Third Edition (TEWL-3)
The Test of Early Written Language – Third Edition (TEWL-3; Hresko, Herron, Peak, & Hicks, 2012) evaluates writing skills in children ages 4 to 12.
TEWL-3 measures written expression in children, assessing both mechanics and content, and comprises two subtests: the Basic Writing Subtest (used to assess the understanding of language and use of writing tools) and the Contextual Writing Subtest (used to measure the ability to construct a story when provided with a picture prompt). An Overall Writing Index can be derived when using both subtests, which allows for a complex understanding of the child’s writing abilities. Scores are reported in standard scores, percentiles, and age and grade equivalents. TEWL-3 includes two equivalent forms for the purpose of monitoring improvement.
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Test of Early Written Language –Third Edition (TEWL-3) Hresko, Herron, Peak, & Hicks (2012)
Individually administered, norm-referenced measure of writing skills in young children. Two forms; each has Basic Writing and Contextual Writing subtests.
Yields age and grade equivalents, normal curve equivalents (NCE), plus index scores for basic writing, contextual writing, and overall writing.