Attention MISD Parents/Guardians:
Senate Bill 530 requires 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.
FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic research and is a research-based criterion referenced test.
MISD considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:
- FITNESSGRAM establishes a baseline of a healthy fitness zone from which students can set goals and check their progress (non-competitive) to plan for lifelong physical activity and to maintain and improve their fitness level. Health-related fitness assessment measures students’ aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition.
- FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program options that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in those areas where they need to improve.
- FITNESSGRAM does not place an emphasis on skill or sports-related fitness such as speed measured by an individual’s 40-yard dash time. It does not compare students to other students.
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.
When will the test be administered?
Schools have a window period to give the testing. Testing will take place at your child's campus during the dates listed on the FITNESSGRAM Assessment Schedule.
On your child’s test day, he/she should wear athletic shorts, a t-shirt, socks and tennis shoes underneath an appropriate warm-up suit (jacket and pants) or underneath standardized dress. 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 standardized dress.
You will receive a copy of your child’s assessment inside one of the late spring report cards. Results for high school students will go out in the last report card in June. Results for students in grades 3-8 will go out in either the 5th or the 6th six weeks depending on when your child was tested. By providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, MISD believes you can lead your child towards a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.
For further information concerning the assessment, visit FITNESSGRAM online or FITNESSGRAM Q&A page.