Ayers Measuring Scale for Handwriting, Gettysburg Edition, via Educational Testing Service, 1963


The easiest way to evaluate pupil achievement in handwriting, whether manuscript or cursive style, is to examine specimens of their efforts that have been obtained under controlled conditions. Both speed and quality can be determined. The speed or rate at which pupils write is the easier of the two characteristics to measure. Quality can be defined in many ways. Thorndike, who built the first scale for measuring quality of handwriting, interpreted quality to mean beauty, legibility, and character. Ayres, whose scale is shown in part [at right], considered quality to mean legibility only.