One of the parts of my job is to write an adapted PE assessment. Usually, an IEP team will request an assessment be done. Sometimes it comes from the team, usually when an Occupational or Physical Therapists thinks it might help. Occasionally, the parents might want it. And sometimes, I might recommend it to the special education teacher.
When I get an assessment, I have 60 days to do it and have the IEP. It usually doesn’t take me that long to do one.
There are formal tests, but for most of the kids that I see, formal tests aren’t appropriate for a few reasons.
1. Almost all of the kids would fall into the less than 5% ranking. Since where you fall into the rankings is not grounds for receiving services why attempt them?
2. The tests are more fitness orientated and my students tend to need functional support. How fast they run or how many push ups they can do isn’t very important. If they can walk or get some physical benefits from my services is.
3. My reports are written in a language that expresses what they kids can do. Not what they can’t. As a parent, I’m more than aware of what my child can’t do. I want to know what they can do and what they are capable of doing.
I typically will consult with the teacher, the parents, and any specialists that may be providing services, most likely the PT or OT. Of course, I also look at the IEP reports as well.
After I have some idea of the situation, I like to do an informal assessment. This lets me think about what tests and equipment I’d like to perform.
The next step is to do the actual assessment and evaluation. I will write about that step in my next blog post.