Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Standards-Based Outcomes of Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Standards-Based Outcomes of Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students

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Physical education standards were developed to inform professionals about student performance. Given current public health concerns related to overweight youth (Hedley et al., 2004), physical education's role in preparing for an active lifestyle has become increasingly important. The national physical education standards (NASPE, 2004) address what students should know and be able to achieve as a result of physical education. At present, however, there are no nationally approved assessments to evaluate student attainment of the standards, and very little is known about performance related to them. The purpose of this study was to describe fourth- and fifth-grade student outcomes in relation to the NASPE Standards 1 (motor competency), 2 (strategic and tactical knowledge), 3 (physical activity), and 4 (fitness). Participants were 180 children, aged 9 to 12 (87 men, 93 women, M = 10.45 years, SD = .78), recruited from four elementary schools in the midwest. Several instruments were completed by the participants during physical education: (a) three South Carolina Physical Education Assessment Program protocols that have been demonstrated to be valid and reliable (basketball, educational gymnastics, throwing); (b) three formal interviews focusing on student knowledge of strategies and tactics of motor performance; (c) three Activitygram previous day recalls; and (d) five Fitnessgram assessments (Pacer, push-ups, curl-ups, sit/reach, BMI). …

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