Assessment Tips for Physical Education Teachers

The following tips may be helpful to physical education teachers who are using assessment techniques in their classrooms.

  • Be very clear about WHAT is being assessed (Is it worth learning and demonstrating?).

  • Know WHY you are assessing (what will you do with the information? Is it feedback for students, parents, your instruction, program?).

  • Assessment is more than grading! Assessments should demonstrate what students know or are able to do. Assessments can "show off" learning in your program.

  • SHARE the information with students, administrators, other teachers, and parents as appropriate. (This will lend credibility to your program.)

  • Start small (your most cooperative group, one group, one class, one grade level, a few students).

  • Be CLEAR about the criteria (rubric standard, exemplary model, etc) for making judgments.

  • Allow students in on the process. (a. Using your criteria they can evaluate self, partner or others; b. allow students some choices in the manner in which they want to be assessed--include the criteria for each assessment.)

  • Performance assessments are assessments involving students doing a task, they can be products, performances, or processes.

  • Authentic assessment can be real or perceived. The more real-life, the more authentic.

  • There are many TYPES of assessments (peer, group, projects, oral response, observation, debate, video, paper/pencil).

  • If you are strapped for time to have students complete paper and pencil assessments, consider asking classroom teachers to help administer assessments in their classrooms.

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Submitted by Natalie Doering, Mark Manross, and the Assessment Advisory Board. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/29/99.