AssessLink in Research

AssessLink’s greatest contribution to the world of physical education and motor skills may actually be in the field of academic research.  For decades, researchers have been utilizing tools like the TGMD-3 for studying fundamental motor skills in children. Though this test of gross motor development has an abundance comparative data, it still requires the exhaustive time and energy to review video recordings, and if done well, merge the scores from multiple evaluators.  

Just imagine if in the same amount of time it takes to record a child performing a fundamental motor skill, the scoring and storing is complete. We are so excited at the prospect of helping researchers save time, money, and most importantly, enable them to conduct more studies on a larger scale.


The AssessLinkPE app is very flexible and adaptable for nearly all areas of research with its automatic detection of the different phases of movement, or, temporal phasing.  Once the user hits record, the x, y, z, location of 32 joints is stored in the subject’s unique video file. This joint information is then used to automatically estimate the temporal phases of the specific skill being assessed.  Even if at a later date, the researcher decides to change the scoring algorithm of a specific motor skill, the data of the subjects original capture is still stored and available for review.  


Custom assessment solutions


The first edition of the AssessLinkPE test of fundamental motor skills utilizes an un-weighted approach which gives equal value to all variables observed. We realize that this is not the ideal solution for everyone, which is why we are now offering two additional solutions for customers.

We would like to offer potential customers additional options for customizing their assessment solutions with AssessLinkPE’s technology.


option 1: scoring filter

With the scoring filter tool, we will work with customers to develop a set of criterion for a more simplified rubric. For example on the site, Joey Feith has his “Keys to Success” for an overhand throw. We can take Mike’s rubric for overhand throw and create a simple copy and paste tool that automatically takes the original AssessLinkPE score and converts it into a printable and exportable spreadsheet meeting Mike’s “Keys to Success.” Contact us today about creating a custom solution for your school or program.

Image courtesy of  @JoeyFeith

Image courtesy of @JoeyFeith

Back squat assessment for Sturgis High School

Back squat assessment for Sturgis High School

Option 2: Custom Software

Another option for schools and researchers is to work with the AssessLink team to create a custom assessment for your exact needs. This custom assessment can either be a small adjustment to our scoring so that the exportable data meets your district’s existed rubrics. Or, we can create entirely new assessments for your program that look at different motor skills and movements. Costs of a custom scoring conversion will be significantly less than the cost of a custom skill assessment, but please contact us for details. Review the exemplars of a custom solution below:


Custom Software Solutions:


Scenario 1:

A large school district has spent thousands of dollars on curriculum alignment which includes custom rubrics for motor skills.  The lead administrator wants to objectively measure learning and teacher effectiveness.  

Cost to Convert Scoring

To convert AssessLinkPE so that your score reporting is on a 1-2-3-4-5 point scale would cost about $1,000/skill, or $8,000.  You would then be the exclusive owner of your custom score, and your software would function like the AssessLinkPE program except the reported score would be more simple.  You would have your own custom desktop application to meet your needs. Contact Us today to start a conversation about custom software.


Scenario 2:

A researcher video records 200 students in a longitudinal trial of curriculum effectiveness.  The are using something like the TGMD-3. Graduate students and fellow researchers spend countless hours reviewing the videos at a cost of $10-$15/hr.  $30-40,000 later and months after the study has concluded, the researchers publish their findings.

Cost to Create custom software:

A full TMGD-style assessment it would cost $28,500 for Overhand Throw, Kick, Leap, TMGD Striking, Underhand Toss, and Horizontal Jump.  This is roughly averaged out to be $4,750/skill and you would be the exclusive owner of this TMGD-style assessment. The cost would be less than paying research assistants, and would save the research team hundreds of hours of time.   Contact Us today to start a conversation about custom software.