How did this come about?
Public Act 098-0859, which requires all public schools, from the 2016-17 school year onwards, to administer scientifically-based, health-related physical fitness assessments for grades 3-12 for select fitness components and to periodically report that information to the Illinois State Board of Education .
The physical fitness assessments will serve two purposes: 1) to teach students how to assess their fitness levels, set goals for improvement, and monitor progress in reaching their goals, and 2) to measure the effectiveness of State Goal 20 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health. The goal of Illinois State Learning Standard 20 is for students to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment.
ISBE require schools to administer annual fitness testing for the following fitness components for all grades 3-12, and to report to ISBE aggregate results for grades 5, 7 and 10 each year: Aerobic capacity (Grades 4-12 only), Flexibility, Muscular endurance and Muscular strength.
I will be testing the students twice during the school year. Once towards the beginning, and once towards the end of the year. I will use the results to help teach the students regarding setting SMART goals to help enhance their fitness levels.