The preliminary results are in.
At this point, the results from the Minnesota Test of Handwriting Skills have been scored, entered into the database and analyzed. Version 19 of the SPSS, the latest edition of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences was used. The findings are awesome!
First and second grade students from schools in New York and Massachusetts had their pretests compared with their posttests after an 8-week intervention program. The treatment groups followed a Fidelity Manual scope and sequence specific to their grades. Since it was a limited amount of time, the first grades were tested and taught just the lower case alphabet. The second grades were tested and taught both upper and lower cases letters. The control groups for both grades continued with their standard curriculum.
Here’s how the data panned out:
There were NO significant differences in the PRE-TESTS between the control and treatment groups in 5 out of the 6 subtests of the Minnesota. Interesting, there was a significant difference in means between the control group and the treatment group in the Size subtest with the latter having significantly lower scores in SIZE than the former. That means that the treatment group started off printing a lot worse in terms of letter size. They’d have a lot of catch up to do.
And they did.
In the POST TESTS, there were significant differences between the control and treatment groups in ALL 6 SUBTESTS of the Minnesota Test of Handwriting Skills. In 5 out of the other 6 subtests, the treatment group demonstrated SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER SCORES than the control group indicating better performance. These subtests included Legibility, Form, Alignment, Size and Space. Curiously, on the Rate subtest, the treatment groups had SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER SCORES than the control group indicating that they completed their writing tasks more slowly than the control group. The site managers at each location reported that the children in the treatment group appeared to be taking care to make their letters ‘star-worthy!’
For SPACING, the difference was significant at the .05 level. RATE differences between the groups were significant at the .01 level. But for FORM, LEGIBILITY, ALIGNMENT AND SIZE, p < .001. That’s huge!!!
You asked for evidence. We deliver!!
More is on the way.