FitnessGram® is the adopted assessment of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. It is a teaching tool physical educators can integrate into instruction to help students understand the connection between physical activity, fitness and health.
However, it is just one tool of many that can be used. Physical educators can use FitnessGram results (e.g., scores) to drive instruction, but never to assign a student's grade. Other age-appropriate assessments, such as logs, journals, worksheets, written tests, checklists, or student projects are better indicators of student performance and achievement of physical education learning outcomes.
FitnessGram test items assess the five areas of health-related fitness:
- Aerobic capacity
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Body composition
FitnessGram assessments are evaluated using criterion-referenced standards. These standards, called Healthy Fitness Zones, identify the amount of fitness needed for good health. The Healthy Fitness Zone® standards are categorized for girls and boys by age because the fitness levels needed for health are different at different stages of development.
Log-in for FitnessGram test protocols, Healthy Fitness Zone standards and FitnessGram Score Sheet.
Brockport Physical Fitness Test
Fitness is important for all students. For students not presently able to perform one or more FitnessGram tests, the Brockport Physical Fitness Test protocols and adapted fitness zone standards can be used. The Brockport Physical Fitness Test is specifically designed to assess the fitness of youth with disabilities from ages 10 through 17.
The Brockport assessment protocols and affiliated standards can be found in the Brockport Physical Fitness Test manual (© 2015 Joseph Winnick). Portions of the manual including those addressing test selection, administration and standards are available here.
Assessing K-3 Students
It is not recommended that formal fitness assessments be conducted on students in grades K-3. At this early age, students should simply be introduced to the assessment items in a fun and engaging way and, potentially, as a tool to help them learn age-appropriate concepts about health, fitness and physical activity.
The PYFP Fitness Club can help K-3 students learn the protocols for FitnessGram® assessment items and earn recognition for their efforts all while having fun!