Statewide Physical Fitness Testing: Perspectives From the Gym
Authors: Martin, Scott B.; Ede, Alison; Morrow, Jr., James R.; Jackson, Allen W.
Source: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1 September 2010, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 31S-41S(11)
Abstract:This paper provides observations of physical fitness testing in Texas schools and physical education teachers' insights about large-scale testing using the FITNESSGRAM® assessment (Cooper Institute, 2007) as mandated by Texas Senate Bill 530. In the first study, undergraduate and graduate students who were trained to observe and assess student fitness testing in grades 3 through 12 provided observations. In the second study, physical education teachers responded to selected interview questions during a focus group discussion. From the observations and responses, specific themes emerged related to teachers' knowledge and training about conducting fitness testing and managing data, students' knowledge and motivation, support and resources for conducting fitness assessments, and complexity of the fitness situation.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2010