Teach kids to fit fitness into their future.
To set our students up for healthy futures, it’s crucial to be well-equipped and well-informed. With the FitnessGram assessment, educators get powerful fitness data starting at the individual level. They’ll also receive lesson plans, videos, and other classroom resources to build enthusiasm for wellness and help fight obesity.
Why does Delaware fitness test?
You may be surprised to learn that childhood obesity is at an all-time state high. Part of FitnessGram’s purpose is to help combat childhood obesity by improving fitness now. But it also allows us to instill values and habits that last well into adulthood.Download factsheet 1
Boost academic achievements
Guide policies and practices for schools
Improve general health and well-being
Research from The Cooper Institute and other entities shows that students who are physically fit perform better in school, have higher reading and math scores, fewer behavioral problems, and miss fewer days of school.
As of 2018, Delaware is ranked in the top third for childhood obesity. 16.7 percent of children ages 10 through 17 are obese.
There are a variety of grants available to schools to help fund and bolster their physical education programs. With stronger curriculum and more access to resources, we can better equip kids for a future of physical fitness.
How does the testing work?
The assessment component of FitnessGram uses five different areas of fitness as the core criteria. The goal is for students to be within the Healthy Fitness Zone in all of them. This method of testing allows for students to be targeted and worked with one-on-one rather than ranked against one another.Learn more about the approach Download factsheet 2
It’s how good your body is at taking in and using oxygen during exercise.
How it’s measured: PACER, 1-mile run, 1-mile walk.Learn more
Simple. What percentage of your total body weight is fat, and what percentage is everything else? Some fat is healthy—too much is not.
How it’s measured: Body fat percentage, Body mass index (BMI).Learn more
The range of motion of muscles at the joint.
How it’s measured: Flexibility, Trunk extensor strength & flexibility.Learn more
The maximum force your muscles can exert in a single effort.
How it’s measured: Abdominal strength, Extensor strength, Upper body strength.Learn more
How data is used
What good does the data do? Plenty.
The more data we have, the better. When you and other teachers enter fitness data, the results can be used to:Visit FitnessGram.net
- Track fitness levels longitudinally at the individual, class, school, district or state level
- Make informed decisions about curriculum and resource allocation
- Influence policy to improve public health
- Educate families and communities on the importance of health-related fitness
Get the most from FitnessGram.
Below is a list of guides and videos to help you learn to use the many features that FitnessGram offers. Explore all the ones that apply to you, or search for a specific topic. Of course, if you still need help, you can always look in the FAQ section or chat with the FitnessGram Helpdesk.
Back-to-school software steps
Step-by-step instructions on how to log in to the FitnessGram software and how to retrieve a forgotten username or reset your password.Learn how to log in
Overview of how to confirm that your rosters are correct before starting the school year. Includes how to best search using available filters and how to transfer students if necessary.Learn how to check rosters
Delaware FitnessGram requirementsView FitnessGram requirements
The links below include many resources for aerobic capacity, including protocol videos, vignettes, cadences, and educational documentation.PACER Test Explore aerobic capacity resources
The links below include many resources for muscular strength and endurance, including protocol videos, vignettes, cadences, and educational documentation.Explore musculoskeletal fitness resources
The links below include many resources for flexibility, including protocol videos, vignettes, cadences, and educational documentation.Explore flexibility resources
The links below include many resources for body composition, including protocol videos, vignettes, cadences, and educational documentation.Explore body composition resources
Fit tipsWatch the Cooper Institute’s fit tips video
FitnessGram software test events
How to create a test event
Creating a test event is a necessary process before entering data. It can be done in four easy steps, shown in this video.Learn how to create a test event
How to edit a test event
Need to make a change to your event without starting over? This video shows how quickly you can update a small detail in your test event.Learn how to edit a test event
How to enter data
Choose topics from a few different videos, including how to type in scores and how to customize your screen to make data entry easier.Learn how to enter data
How to update test event rosters
If you have had a student transfer in or out of your class, you will need to update your test event roster. Learn how to do so in the video below.Learn how to update test event rosters
How to enter data on a mobile device
The FitnessGram software can be accessed on any device, as long as you have an internet connection. Here is an example of using the FitnessGram software on a mobile device.Learn about mobile data entry
Student reports are critical to keeping students informed about their health and for future goal setting. There are several ways to share reports with students, including having them log in to review reports independently or emailing them directly home.View report tutorials for students
Teacher reports are key to making a difference at both the individual student level and the class level. There are many reports teachers can generate and share, and this video highlights two key reports that will help drive change.View report tutorials for teachers
School and district admin reports
Data drives decisions. District admin reports show the data that can drive decisions at the school, district, and local level. There are many reports district admins can generate and share, and this video highlights two key reports that will help drive change.View report tutorials for district admins
Data from FitnessGram drives decisions, allowing parents, students, and school leaders to build the healthy habits kids need to be successful well into the future. Go to fitnessgram.net to learn more.
To get instructions for recovering your username, password, or both, go to help.fitnessgram.net/loggingin.
Students’ fitness is tracked using five areas: aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. To learn more about the approach, go to fitnessgram.net/assessment.
FitnessGram is a powerful tool that allows you and your school to:
- Track fitness levels longitudinally at the individual, class, school, district, or state level.
- Make informed decisions about curriculum and resource allocation.
- Influence policy to improve public health.
- Educate families and communities on the importance of health-related fitness.
Information can be used to:
- Track trends and changes in fitness levels over time.
- Examine associations between fitness and academic achievement and attendance.
- Enhance the effectiveness of physical education programs.
- Help create healthy school environments focused on prevention.
- Foster communication between parents, teachers, and students.
- Identify areas of need for program funding.