ERIC Number: ED254053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Decision-Theoretic Examination of the Usefulness of Two Motor Performance Tests in Identifying Children for Assignment to Adapted Physical Education.
King, Harry A.; Aufsesser, Peter M.
Data from administration of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency and the Cornish Test of Motor Planning were taken on 120 children (5-13 years old), 60 of whom had been classified learning disabled (LD). Thirty of the LD Ss had been assigned to adapted physical education. The study sought to do two things: (1) determine whether the commonly used Bruininks-Oseretsky Test is valid in determining whether a child is in need of adapted physical education; and (2) determine whether the new, simpler Cornish Test might be useful for the same purpose, either solely or in conjunction with the Bruininks Test. The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test was found to accurately identify about 90% of the children needing adapted physical education. Long-term reliability was very satisfactory. The Cornish Test equaled predictive ability of the other test, although certain problems in test administration were noted, including unclear directions. The study focuses on the decision successfulness of the tests examined, the most appropriate framework in which to judge the validity of tests used for assignment and placement purposes. Joint use of the two tests did not improve decision accuracy. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ. Foundation, CA.
Identifiers: Bruininks Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency; Cornish Test of Motor Planning