OWLS-II Reading Comprehension (RC) and Written Expression (WE) Software Kit Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk

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Ages: 5-0 through 21-11
Testing Time: 20-30 minutes
Administration: Individual
Qualification Level: B

Building on the strong theory and research underpinning the original OWLS, the Second Edition of this highly regarded test offers an integrated, global approach to oral and written language assessment. Moreover, a helpful new handbook, Foundations of Language Assessment, explains the theory upon which the OWLS-II is based, making it easier to understand the test and interpret results.

OWLS-II scales are normed on a sample of 2,123 subjects, from 3 through 21 years of age and nationally representative in terms of gender, ethnicity, geographic region, and parental education. Age- and grade-based norms are provided.

The OWLS-II evaluates Listening Comprehension, Oral Expression, Reading Comprehension, and Written Expression. Each of these scales assesses four linguistic structures:

  • Lexical/Semantic
  • Syntactic
  • Pragmatic
  • Supralinguistic

Because it looks at the same linguistic structures across four distinct language processes, the OWLS-II provides an unusually detailed, coherent, and integrated assessment. Although its four scales can be used separately, together they give you a comprehensive score profile that pinpoints language delays, identifies strengths and weaknesses in all areas, and guides intervention.

Reading Comprehension and Written Expression Scales

Two scales assess written language: Reading Comprehension and Written Expression, both for ages 5 to 21. Reading Comprehension measures the receptive aspects of written language. Items typically require the student to read a prompt and choose one of four response options. Written Expression measures the expressive aspects of written language. Item additions and revisions enhance the scale’s validity and scope, as well as its ability to elicit a variety of responses and assess higher-functioning individuals.

Computer Scoring and InterpretationThe OWLS-II scoring program converts raw scores to scale scores, compares scales scores, calculates composites, and generates a graphic score profile. It also provides high-level item analysis and a narrative synopsis. This program saves time and gives you an extremely useful summary of test results.Minimum System Requirements: Windows 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista or Windows 7. NOTE: Users with Windows XP, Vista, logged in with "Administrator" privilege; those with Windows 2000 must be logged in with privilege. Follow Microsoft's recommendation for minimum memory (RAM). Four MB of a space, a USB port, and a CD-ROM drive are required.

OWLS-II READING COMPREHENSION (RC) and WRITTEN COMPREHENSION (WE) SOFTWARE KIT INCLUDES: 10 RC/WE Record Forms, 10 WE Response Booklets, RC Easel, WE Easel, RC/WE Manual, and Foundations of Language Assessment, plus Unlimited-Use Computer Scoring CD, all in an attractive carrying case. (©2012)