Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2016) 15, 102 - 110

Research article
Assessing Motor Skill Competency in Elementary School Students: A Three-Year Study
Weiyun Chen1, , Steve Mason1, Andrew Hypnar2, Austin Bennett3
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1 University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2 Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA, USA
3 Livonia Public Schools, Livonia, MI, USA

Weiyun Chen
✉ University of Michigan, School of Kinesiology, Observatory Lodge: 3145, 1402 Washington Hts., Ann Arbor, MI 48168-2013, USA
Publish Date
Received: 20-08-2015
Accepted: 07-12-2015
Published (online): 23-02-2016
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This study was to examine how well fourth- and fifth-grade students demonstrated motor skill competency assessed with selected PE Metrics assessment rubrics (2009). Fourth- and fifth-grade students (n = 1,346-1,926) were assessed on their performance of three manipulative skills using the PE Metrics Assessment Rubrics during the pre-intervention year, the post-intervention year 1, and the post-intervention year 3. Descriptive statistics, independent t-test, ANOVA, and follow-up comparisons were conducted for data analysis. The results indicated that the post-intervention year 2 cohort performed significantly more competent than the pre-intervention cohort and the post-intervention year 1 cohort on the three manipulative skill assessments. The post-intervention year 1 cohort significantly outperformed the pre-intervention cohort on the soccer dribbling, passing, and receiving and the striking skill assessments, but not on the throwing skill assessment. Although the boys in the three cohorts performed significantly better than the girls on all three skills, the girls showed substantial improvement on the overhand throwing and the soccer skills from baseline to the post-intervention year 1 and the post-intervention year 2. However, the girls, in particular, need to improve striking skill. The CTACH PE was conducive to improving fourth- and fifth-grade students’ motor skill competency in the three manipulative skills. This study suggest that PE Metrics assessment rubrics are feasible tools for PE teachers to assess levels of students’ demonstration of motor skill competency during a regular PE lesson.

Key words: Subject matter competency, quality teaching practices, manipulative skills

           Key Points
  • CATCH PE is an empirically-evidenced quality PE curricular that is conducive to improving students’ manipulative skill competency.
  • Boys significantly outperformed than girls in all three manipulative skills.
  • Girls need to improve motor skill competency in striking skill. PE Metrics are feasible assessment rubrics that can be easily used by trained physical education teachers to assess students’ manipulative skill competency.
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