Measuring student fitness without a plan for using the data does little to benefit students and is not considered an educationally sound practice.
The following are some of the ways a physical educator may review data by age or grade. The FitnessGram®/ActivityGram® Reference Guide (4th ed), the source of these, provides additional information on the interpretation of data from the various components of fitness and ways to use them when communicating with students and parents:
- Which components have the lowest percentage of students achieving the Healthy Fitness Zone? Have students had sufficient opportunities to develop that component?
- How many students in a class achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone in all (5, 4, 3, 2 or fewer) assessments? Is there a reason a class may achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone in more/fewer assessment items (i.e., time of day of the class, lack of physical activity time during the day, the number of students in the class, etc.).
Although use of the FitnessGram software is not a requirement for program implementation, reports available in the software can help with these analyses.
The following free tools and resources can help track student fitness assessment results and physical activity participation.
FitnessGram score sheet (register/login to access)