Physical Education Student Learning Assessment Plan


February 2008


Wells College Mission Statement


The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells’ academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.


I.  Physical Education Mission Statement


In accordance with the mission statement of Wells College, our Physical Education Department provides opportunities to Wells students for the development of lifelong learning in the areas of fitness, sport activities, wellness, and recreation.  We seek to accomplish this in a safe, fun, dynamic and diverse environment that uses interactive outlets to improve or maintain the physical, emotional and social health of all students.


II. Student Learning Goals


Goal One: Students will become involved in interactive environments that contribute to their physical, mental and emotional well being.




Students will: (students will be able to…)


  1. Participate in 4 or more physical education classes.
  2. Develop a health-enhancing level of physical fitness by developing cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance


Goal Two:  Students will develop knowledge of physical activity.




Students will:


1.  Demonstrate competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few that pertain to the activity.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of rules, skills, techniques, strategies and safety for particular activities.


Goal Three:  Students will choose activities that promote self-expression, and improve communication and self discovery.




Students will:


  1. Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while exhibiting sportsmanship through activity.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding and respect for the physical and skill level differences among peers.
  3. Develop skills needed to effectively collaborate and communicate with others.


Goal Four:  Students will translate knowledge of physical activity into a lifetime of wellness and fitness participation.




Students will:


1.   Develop attitudes pertaining to the importance of physical education as a component of the development of the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually.

  1. Understand the relationships between the human body, physical activity and health
  2. Develop decision making or self-management discipline in sticking to regular physical activity


Action Steps (we’ll help them by…)

1.  Providing a variety of teaching methods

        a. skill demonstration (break down of steps to perform skill properly)

        b. skill practice (during class)

        c. distribute handouts for take home use and review

d. providing appropriate website information and other pieces of literature/media pertaining to each class/activity to use as a reference

        e. encourage group or partner work/instruction when appropriate

        f.  ability grouping

2. Adding varied levels of classes (i.e. Beginning Self-Defense and Advanced Self Defense)

a. or encourage participants to improve further by using outlets/resources outside the classroom

3. Identifying strengths and weakness of a particular student’s skills or habits




Measurable Outcomes (we’ll know they can because they will…)

1. Use the information presented/practiced in class settings outside classroom

2. Demonstrate improvement over time

3. Demonstrate a physically active lifestyle

4. Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior

5. Demonstrate understanding and respect for differences among others

6. Understand that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.


Means of Assessment (we’ll find out they can by…)

1. Visual observation of skills

2. Written exams

3. Group and/or individual projects

4. Partner learning

5. Surveys

6. Checklists/rubric rating scale

7. Course reflection/diary

8. Peer Evaluations

9. Technology Devices – Heart rate monitors and tracking devices on fitness equipment etc.


Use of Assessment Data (we’ll use this information to…)

1. Identify areas of effectiveness or areas that need improvement (classes/curriculum/instructors)

2. Evaluate appropriateness of instructional techniques

3. Evaluate students overall physical fitness

4. Evaluate students overall interests and physical fitness needs