Overview For Teachers

Fitnessgram Program Overview – Teachers

Fitnessgram assesses three areas of health-related fitness through a variety of test items. Many test items offer multiple options, so you can choose the method you prefer. Each score is evaluated against the Healthy Fitness Zone® standards. The Healthy Fitness Zone standards are criterion-referenced standards that have been established to indicate levels of fitness corresponding with health. This helps to minimize comparisons between children and emphasize personal fitness for health rather than goals based solely on performance.

Since only modest amounts of exercise are needed for obtaining health benefits, most students who participate in physical activity almost every day will be able to achieve a score that will place them in the Healthy Fitness Zone.

The FITNESSGRAM assessment items include the following:

Aerobic Capacity–may select one option

  • PACER test
  • One-mile run/walk
  • Walk test (ages 13 or older)

Muscular Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility

  • Abdominal strength and endurance (curl-up)
  • Trunk extensor strength and endurance (trunk lift)
  • Upper body strength and endurance (choose from push-up, modified pull-up, and flexed arm hang)
  • Flexibility (choose from back-saver, sit-and-reach, and shoulder stretch.)

Body Composition–may select one option

  • Percent body fat (calculated from triceps and calf skinfolds or entered from an alternative measuring device)
  • Body mass index (calculated from height and weight)

Using the Fitnessgram/Activitygram software

Fitnessgram/Activitygram software makes it convenient for teachers to

  • import students or manually enter their data,
  • assign students to classes and teachers,
  • enter test scores, or allow students to enter them, and
  • pull reports on classes and students.

Activitygram® and Activity Log components emphasize the need for physical activity

The Fitnessgram component of Fitnessgram/Activitygram provides a snapshot of a student’s fitness level. Activitygram and the Activity Log take it to the next level by emphasizing the need for at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Activitygram is an activity assessment tool. Students enter their activities in 30-minute increments over a 3-day period. The software generates a report showing:

  • the total minutes of activity each day compared to a goal of 60 minutes,
  • periods of time each day spent in activity, and
  • types of activity.

The report includes personalized suggestions for each child on how to increase or maintain their level of physical activity. The recommendations are based on national guidelines developed by the Council for Physical Education for Children (COPEC), a division of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Other reports are available, including a student’s progress over time, a class’s progress, a participation certificate, and more.

The Activity Log allows students to track their physical activity and participate in customized activity challenges. Activity is tracked either in step counts or minutes of activity for each day. Teachers can issue challenges to students to increase their physical activity, and depending on the version of the software used, challenges can be issued from class-to-class or even school-to-school! The fun of the challenges helps students participate and get motivated about increasing their daily physical activity.

Fitnessgram reports communicate fitness goals to students and parents

The Fitnessgram report is available as a student report and a parent report. The student report recommends physical activity program options to help students make it into the Healthy Fitness Zone for those areas where they need improvement. The parent report contains the same information on scores, but is addressed to the parents. Both reports explain in nontechnical terms why physical activity is important and how regular physical activity leads to improved health and fitness. Both Fitnessgram reports are a tangible reminder of what students learn in class and a great way to enlist parents’ support in their children’s physical activity programs.

Some additional features of the parent reports and student reports include the following:

  • Versions available in Spanish or English
  • Statistical reports for Fitnessgram, Activitygram, and the Activity Log, available at the district, school, and class levels, depending on which version of the software you choose.
  • A Report Wizard that allows district and school administrators and teachers to select the scope and range of reports they wish to print. Users can select one or more report types to print at the same time. Report options include being able to view, print, or save the reports for printing at a later time.
  • Import options allow for the import of multiple files simultaneously as well as data matching options for student records?timesaving features that greatly reduce keystrokes.
  • Class administration features include a “Move To” feature that makes it faster and easier to move students around in classes. This is especially helpful for school districts using the centralized database.
  • Security features, including required logins and different permission levels, in terms of accessing, editing, and running reports for districts, schools, and teachers.

See the Administrator Overview section for more about reporting options available with Fitnessgram/Activitygram.

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