The Texas Education Code, Sections 38.101 and 38.103, requires that the fitness levels of all public school students in grades 3–12 and enrolled in a physical education course or any physical education substitute course or activity be assessed at least once annually. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) identified FitnessGram® as the assessment tool to be used by all school districts beginning in the 2007-2008 school year.
FitnessGram® measures each student’s physical ability using a sequence of exercises to determine overall health and function. Components of overall health and function include aerobic capacity; body composition; and muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. Standards for each student, as determined by the state of Texas, are based on age, gender, and physical fitness level required for optimal health. After testing, students are encouraged to work on areas that promote lifelong health and fitness. FitnessGram® does not compare student to student.
Results of FitnessGram® testing are reported annually to the Texas Education Agency. Results reported do not contain individual identification information of students, such as name, date of birth, or social security number. A copy of your child’s individual testing results is available upon request.
Additional information about FitnessGram® can be located at: https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Safe_and_Healthy_Schools/Physical_Fitness_Assessment_Initiative/PFAI_FITNESSGRAM%C2%AE_Resources/