David K. Brace

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Professor, 1926-1958


A leader and pioneer in research, teaching, and service in test and measurement.

Envisioned and Designed

  • Brace Motor Ability Test
    • the first test in physical education based on scientific method
  • Physical Education in Public Schools
    • Instrumental in persuading the Texas Legislature to pass a law requiring PE in the public schools
  • Sport Skills Tests

Career Highlights

  • Department Chair, 1926-1958
  • US Office of Education, Fitness Specialist and committee on fitness, 1943-1944
  • TAHPERD President, 1927-1930
  • AAHPERD, Southern District, President, 1933
  • Published the first achievement test for baseball and basketball, 1924
  • First to apply the T-scale technique in the construction of achievement scales for athletic skills
  • Published skill test manuals
  • Published more than 100 articles
  • Author or contributor of 10 books