Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Developing Portfolio Assessment Systems

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Developing Portfolio Assessment Systems

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Pamela Hodges Kulinna, Wayne State University

One way to construct a portfolio is to develop and calibrate a number of portfolio tasks that are later compiled to create a portfolio. Portfolios are commonly assessed by assigning a number (or rating) to the portfolio task or portfolio and only include "measurement." Assessment systems are needed that involve measurement, calibration, evaluation, and other related factors. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the process of developing and calibrating portfolios for use in physical education programs through the illustration of an on-going study including the development of portfolio tasks to assess students' motor skill knowledge. The first step in developing portfolio assessment systems involves creating age-appropriate portfolio tasks that relate to the content being taught, developing scoring rubrics, and conducting a pilot test. In our study, we began by developing nine motor skill portfolio tasks related to the underhand throw, overhand throw and catching. For example, Portfolio 2 (designed f or third-fourth grade students) asks, "explain a difference between the underhand and overhand throw." Scoring rubrics were created that reflected each of the important components of the portfolio tasks. The tasks and scoring rubrics were then pilot tested with N = 351 first through fifth grade students. …

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