People come in all shapes and sizes, but everyone can benefit from regular physical activity and healthy levels of physical fitness. FitnessGram evaluates the five components of health-related fitness: Aerobic Capacity, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility, and Body Composition.
FitnessGram uses scientifically determined standards that are based on how fit children should be for good health. Most children can achieve the health-related fitness standards if they perform sufficient amounts of physical activity on a regular basis. The standards are set specifically for boys and girls and take into account changes with age.
The FitnessGram assessment is based not on athletic ability, but levels of fitness needed for good overall health. No matter what your children grow up to become, they will live happier, more productive lives if they are healthy--and physical fitness is vital to overall health. FitnessGram provides valid and reliable information about your child's level of fitness. The FitnessGram test (and report) includes a number of different assessments since health-related fitness has multiple components. Some children may score high on muscular strength but need to improve their aerobic capacity score. By having a complete report, you (and your child) will know more about their overall level fitness and how it can be improved.
All students (3-4-5) at Anna McDonald School will participate in the FitnessGram assessments. We will finish up our last test, the week we return from Spring Break.
Why must students be tested and districts submit data?
Students shall be tested in an effort to meet State Goal 20, where students achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Based upon continual self-assessment, fitness testing can help students identify their fitness levels and set goals for improvement. Gathering this data also enables parents and schools to better understand the health trends within their region and encourage enhancements in a school’s physical education program.
Does the data reported to ISBE contain individual student data?
The fitness data reported to ISBE will not contain any individual student name or assessment results. Only a school’s aggregate data of those tested by grade and gender will be reported.
For example, if a school had four sections of fifth grade, the data submitted to ISBE would only include the total number of students tested by gender in the fifth grade at that school identified as achieving healthy fitness zone or needing improvement.