Senate Bill 530 requires that the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment be administered to all students in grades 3-12 by the end of the 2007-08 school year. FITNESSGRAM is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research - it utilizes research-based criterion referenced tests.

The fitness assessment mandate requires that each child undergo a series of fitness tests that involve aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition. This is a means to access the child's health using systematic methods and is designed for the child's benefit. If you have any concerns about your child's existing medical condition, you can contact the school nurse.

RISD considers FITNESSGRAM a quality assessment for three reasons:

1. 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 the students' aerobic capacity, muscular strength/endurance, flexibility and body composition.

2. FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program options that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in those areas where they need to improve.

3. 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 program assesses 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.

On fitness assessment test days, it is highly recommend that your child wear athletic shorts, a t-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes underneath an appropriate warm-up suit (jacket and pants) or underneath standardized dress. If your child forgets proper testing attire, he/she will proceed with the fitness test in standardized dress.

[Fitness assessment days will vary from campus to campus; please contact physical education teacher at your child's school for more information]

RISD believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.

If you have any questions about the FITNESSGRAM Assessment, please refer to

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