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Senate Bill 530 requires that beginning with the 2007-08 school year, the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment be administered to all students in grades 3-12. FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research and is a research-based criterion referenced test.
ACISD considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:
FITNESSGRAM tests all students regardless of age, gender, or ability. Students are encouraged to be self-aware of health-related fitness and take responsibility by setting personal fitness goals. When students focus on the process of doing their personal best, a more positive lifelong impact is achieved.
All students must be tested during the 2007-08 school year. Your child may be tested at anytime during the current school year. Testing will take place in a physical education class for elementary grades 3rd – 5th. Testing for secondary grades 6th – 12th will occur in a physical education class, athletics, health, cheerleading, marching band, or drill/dance team class.
Students in the secondary grades not enrolled in a Physical Education course or any of the above named classes will be tested during designated times specific to each individual campus. These students should wear the following underneath an appropriate warm-up suit (jacket and pants) or underneath regular school clothes on their designated test day: (1) athletic shorts (2) T-shirt (3) socks (4) tennis shoes. Testing in warm-ups is permitted and your child may wear the warm-up suit the entire day. If your child forgets proper testing attire, he/she will proceed with the fitness test in regular school clothes. More information is coming from your child’s campus in regards to their fitness testing schedule.
You may request a copy of your child’s physical fitness assessment by submitting a letter to your principal at the end of the school year. Composite results for ACISD will be sent to the Texas Education Agency as required by law.
If you have any questions about the FITNESSGRAM Assessment, please contact David Hechler, FITNESSGRAM Coordinator (361-790-2260) or refer to http://www.FITNESSGRAM.net/texas/ .
1. Why is fitness testing important to me?
2. Can I “fail” the FITNESSGRAM test?
3. Will my scores be posted or be made public?
4. Will my results be compared to other students?
5. What are the FITNESSGRAM Test items?