ERIC Number: EJ711020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-1
Reference Count: 30
Assessment of Students with Disabilities in Physical Education: Legal Perspectives and Practices
Tripp, April; Zhu, Weimo
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v76 n2 p41 Feb 2005
Current federal legislation has shifted the focus of education for students with disabilities from issues of access and opportunity to issues about improving teaching and learning, specifically focusing on students? involvement in the general curriculum. Effective assessment techniques are critical to the educational process in order for the physical educator to accurately identify what students can and cannot do relative to the general curriculum content. In addition, effective assessment tools and techniques provide accountability, clarify student expectations, support a safe learning environment, and assist in developing individual instructional goals. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), when a student's disability affects participation in physical education, the Individual Education Plan must contain the student's present level of performance in physical education, including how the student's disability affects involvement and progress in the general program. Effective assessments produce data that are valid, reliable, and useful in planning instruction. Many educational agencies are implementing state- and district-wide assessment programs in physical education, including the evaluation of motor skills and/or physical fitness. IDEA mandates that the state or local agency develop guidelines that indicate appropriate accommodations and modifications in the administration of these assessments to ensure the participation of students with disabilities. This article will provide an overview of the history of federal legislation related to assessment in physical education, as well as practical tools teachers can use to ensure effective assessment of students with disabilities in their general physical education program.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Physical Fitness, Adapted Physical Education, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Compliance (Legal), Public Schools, Testing Accommodations, Academic Standards
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193, ext. 493 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Privacy Act 1974; Rehabilitation Act 1973