Physical Education has been judged upon in every other classroom as a glorified recess and a time for teachers to plan. However, Physical Education is much more than that, as it assesses goals for students may it be fitness or skill, but more importantly, life skills. For example, I’m currently measuring my 2nd graders throwing techniques using a point, step, throw process; assessing my students is extremely important to providing feedback for student success. I am also constantly assessing gym expectations that correlate with being respectful, responsible, and fair human beings in society.
In my opinion, when looking at the approach of assessing written tests in P.E., they are not always positive because the class should be about movement, not a pencil and piece of paper. When a student enters the gym they are excited and ready to move because they have been sitting for a few hours in the classroom, with a pencil and piece of paper. I have ninety minutes a week to teach a lesson that the kids will love and have a passion for, and in my opinion, P.E. is most important when a child is moving rather than sitting, writing a written test.
If P.E. only used summative assessments, it would be unfair for students to improve their fitness goals and skills because grades do not reflect effort or participation, which ultimately discourages children. This would result of a sub group that would never excel in P.E., not because of effort, but limited feedback to keep preserving. Positive feedback is a key component for a student to excel in P.E. because it allows the student to correct a specific skill development or fitness goal in order to succeed. On the other hand, standard based assessment is a positive tool to test knowledge that should be acquired in physical education for living a healthy lifestyle. For example, knowing the five fitness components and the six skills related to fitness components are important knowledge that a student should know when participating in any physical activity.
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