The role of assessment in the Health and Physical
Education has four purposes:
- The teacher focuses on each individual student who might otherwise
- The teacher receives necessary data that shows how the class
as a whole is progressing.
- Valuable feedback on how you are doing as a teacher and how
your curriculum is meeting the needs of every student.
- When designed and conducted appropriately, the assessment is
a valuable teaching tool.
The primary goal of assessment should be seen as the enhancement
of learning, rather than simply the documentation of learning.
Planning for Assessment
- Assess all three domains-cognitive, psychomotor, and affective.
- Assessment and instruction are linked. This allows the student
and teachers not only to see that something has been learned but
also to demonstrate it.
- The student is the primary client. The assessment should then
be designed to improve performance, and not just to monitor it.
There must be feedback to the student.
- Assessment is an ongoing part of teaching. It is not the end
and it is not the afterthought.
- Assessment is comprised of meaningful and worthwhile tasks.
Our assessment should support students' desire to learn.
Selecting Assessment Options
- Teacher Observation-Was the skill performed correctly?
- Peer Observation-With a partner I can provide feedback on a selected
- Self-Assessment-Did I achieve this task and how could I improve
on my performance?
Selecting Assessment Tools
- Checklists-Most commonly used to assess skills.
- Rubrics-Take time but indicate the quality of the task completed.
- Portfolios-Keep them simple but include a variety of work completed
such as videotapes. Student Displays-posters and bulletin boards.
- Students may work in groups.
- Students With Special Needs-use alternative assessments. Checklists
could include social behavior. Rubrics should be extended to include
more levels of development.
Checklists and Health Rubrics