Why does DOE use the NYC FITNESSGRAM assessment?
Originally developed by the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, FITNESSGRAM supports students in learning about and measuring components of health-related fitness: aerobic capacity, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Each score is evaluated using the Healthy Fitness Zone® standards.
It is a health-related, criterion-based assessment, which means it helps minimize comparisons between children and instead supports students as they pursue personal fitness goals for lifelong health.
The fitness and health measures in NYC FITNESSGRAM provide key information about a child’s health and fitness levels. The results are not the complete measure of health, but do provide important information to help identify potential health concerns. Doctors tell us that the eating and activity habits developed in childhood are crucial to lifelong health. NYC FITNESSGRAM gives students, families, teachers, and health care providers another tool to create healthy futures for all our children.
The report also shows a student’s Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI uses height and weight measurements to find the BMI-for-age percentile for a student’s age and sex based on the CDC’s growth charts (click here for more details).
How is the NYC FITNESSGRAM different from other “tests”?
This assessment is a snapshot of student fitness levels. It is not what is commonly referred to as a “high stakes standardized test.” NYC FITNESSGRAM results provide an opportunity for each student and their family to begin a conversation about lifelong health and fitness habits. Emerging research tells us that there is a link between student fitness levels and academic achievement.
This report also provides families with an opportunity to discuss results with their child’s Physical Education teacher. If you have questions about a student’s report, PE teachers can help you understand: how the test was administered; what the results mean; and ways in which a student can make a personal plan for staying healthy and fit.
Also take your child’s report along on your next health care visit. Nurses and doctors will look at the results as one part of the child’s medical history. They can provide ideas about health and fitness tailored specifically to your child’s needs.
When will students receive their NYC FITNESSGRAM reports?
Reports will be delivered to schools during the last two weeks in May. Be aware that although more than 850,000 students receive reports every year, not every student has been assessed. If a student does not bring home their report, check with the school, Physical Education teacher, or Parent Coordinator to find out when you can expect the report to come home.
Be prepared to review your child’s results by reviewing NYC FITNESSGRAM basics