Physical Fitness Assessment Information
Purpose and Content
The FITNESSGRAM® is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.
The physical fitness assessment provides information that can be used by (1) students to assess and plan personal fitness programs; (2) teachers to design the curriculum for physical education programs; and (3) parents and guardians to understand their children’s fitness levels. This program also provides results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of Oklahoma students. Assessments will be administered bi-annually to all students in grades third through eight whose school chooses to participate.
The FITNESSGRAM® is composed of the following four fitness areas, with test options for each section:
- Aerobic Capacity
- PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
- Muscular Strength and Endurance
- Trunk Lift
- Body Composition
The FITNESSGRAM® uses objective criteria to evaluate performance for each fitness area (e.g., body composition, muscle strength, and endurance). The Cooper Institute established these criteria using current research and expert opinions. These criteria represent a level of fitness that offers some protection against the diseases associated with physical inactivity.