Assessment is an important part of the curriculum; it is a part of the learning experience, not separate from it. Here are some of the purposes of assessment:
- Assess on an ongoing basis and use the information for the above mentioned purposes.
- Be clear about what is being assessed, the criteria involved (use rubrics), and why it is important to the students; provide examples of past student work when appropriate.
- Assess students in authentic contexts when possible.
- Allow students to practice the assessment as needed (especially fitness tests).
- Involve students in the assessment process (ie. self or partner evaluation) and, when possible, give them choices on how they will be assessed.
- Minimize the potential for embarrassment (ie. ensure student privacy).
- Communicate the information from the assessments with students, parents, and administrators when appropriate.
General Types of Assessments
- Continuous or Informal Assessment: Quick and easy assessments that are done continuously throughout a lesson (ie. checking for understanding).
- Pre/Post Assessment: Assessments performed before and after a lesson/unit that allow students/teachers to see how much improvement has been made.
- Formative Assessment: Formal assessment that is done to periodically assess student learning (ie. exit slip or peer assessment).
- Summative Assessment: Formal assessment that is done at the end of the unit and assesses multiple student learning objectives (ie. student project).
Specific Types of Assessments with Examples
More Examples of Assessments
Checking for Understanding
Additional Resources on Assessment
Assessment Technology Guides
Create assessments using online Google Forms. Once you have the form created, you can use tablet or smartphone to record students' performances. Not only is it easy to record student information but this free programs also aggregates all the data into nice spreadsheets.
Google Forms Example
Google Forms Tutorial
Resources for this page:
- Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S., & Parker, M. (2007). Children Moving: A Reflective Approach to Teaching Physical Education. McGraw-Hill.
- Himberg, C., Hutchinson, G., & Roussell, J. (2003). Teaching Secondary Physical Education: Preparing Adolescents to Be Active for Life. Human Kinetics.