Addressing Educational Reform: Exploring PE Metrics as a System to Measure Student Achievement in Physical Education


  • Glenn Hushman University of New Mexico
  • Carolyn Hushman University of New Mexico
  • Kira Carbonneau University of New Mexico


Student achievement, physical education, PE Metrics


The current educational reform movement in the United States is focused on measuring the effectiveness of teachers. One component of teacher effectiveness is student achievement. The effectiveness of using PE Metrics as a measure of student achievement in a physical activity setting with a low socioeconomic, culturally diverse population was examined in this study. Two raters scored second and fifth grade children (N = 90) on skills using the PE Metrics system. Skills assessed included skipping, galloping, dribble with hand jog, basketball, soccer, and overhand throw. An item analysis showed that teachers could use the majority of the items to discriminate skill level. Strengths and weaknesses of the PE Metrics system were discussed.

Author Biography

Glenn Hushman, University of New Mexico

Glenn Hushman, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Department of Health, Excercise and Sports Sciences

University of New Mexico