sports knowledge tests
Evaluation in physical education cannot be complete without the use of knowledge tests. For, as we have stressed throughout, evaluation and measurement serve as a means of determining how successful we as teachers have been in meeting our obectives. Insight as to the pupil's comprehension of the subject matter in sports and health knowledge can be secured only through the use of written tests. The results offer the teacher an opportunity to appraise status and progress of the group or the individual, to mark, and to indicate possible instructional weaknesses in terms of the mental accomplishments.
Knowledge tests may be classified ill two types, standardized and teacher-made. Standardized tests are those that have been scientifically constructed and possess an accompanying set of norms. These tests meet the criteria of scientific authenticity, administrative feasibility, and educational application as discussed in Chapter 3. The teacher-made test is the type that you might make out to administer to one of your classes.
Probably the very first sports knowledge test to be published appeared in 1929, and to this day not one commercial educational agency has published it standardized test in physical education. It is not an easy matter to construct a good written test, and perhaps this is one reason why so few appear in the literature. For this very argument, it might be well for us as prospective teachers to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles and procedures involved in constructing written tests. As long as we are in the teaching field, writing and administering knowledge tests will be, or should be, as certain as death and taxes, for they are vitally necessary and extremely complementary to good instruction.