FUNDING SOURCE: Association of Schools of Public Health & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002-2004


  • Steven P. Hooker, PhD


  • Judith Rink, PhD
  • Murray Mitchell, PhD
  • Linda Nilges, PhD

This project evaluated the impact of a state level teacher development, program assessment, and accountability program in physical education. Investigators documented the process used to establish the SC Physical Education Assessment Reform Policy, its assessment program, assessment materials, dissemination and training. In addition, teacher knowledge of, attitudes toward, and changes made as a result of reform efforts were identified. Data submitted by 70 schools were analyzed to describe student performance and to document factors related to school performance on the PE program assessment criteria.


The Journal of Teaching in Physical Education published a monograph on this project in a special issue:Volume 22, Issue 5 (October 2003).


Introduction: State Level Assessment in Physical Education: The South Carolina Experience (471-472)
Judith Rink; Murray Mitchell

Chapter 1: Developing and Implementing a State Level Assessment Program (473-493)
Judith Rink; Lori Williams

Chapter 2: Student Performance Data, School Attributes and Relationships (494-511)
Murray Mitchell; Darla Castelli; Skip Strainer

Chapter 3: A Comparison of High and Low Performing Secondary Physical Education Programs (512-532)
Darla Castelli; Judith Rink

Chapter 4: Instructional Variables and Student Knowledge and Conceptions of Fitness (533-551)
Susan Stewart; Murray Mitchell

Chapter 5: Teacher Competency Using Observational Scoring Rubrics (552-572)
Lori Williams; Judith Rink

Chapter 6: Insights and Reflections on a High Stakes Assessment Program (573-588
Judith Rink; Susan Stewart