FitnessGram Testing Information
All students enrolled in M/J Fitness (6th Grade) and HOPE (9th-12th Grades) at any Duval County Public School will participate in Physical Fitness Testing. Formerly, DCPS students participated in the Presidential Physical Fitness Tests. DCPS now utilizes the updated fitness testing program known as FitnessGram Physical Fitness Testing. DCPS specific protocols and expectations can be found here.
FitnessGram: The Cooper Institute developed FitnessGram, the first "student fitness report card," in an effort to improve school physical education programs and bring awareness to children's health. It is a health-related youth fitness assessment that utilizes evidence-based standards to measure the level of fitness needed for good overall health. Just as students should know their academic progress in the classroom, students should know their fitness levels and understand the relationship between fitness and health. It should be noted that students are not and should not be graded on their fitness level or scores.
In addition, the use of health-related criteria helps minimize comparisons between children (Presidential Physical Fitness Testing) and emphasizes personal fitness for health (FitnessGram) rather than goals based on performance.
In December of 2009, NLF Charities announced a three-year (subsequently renewed through at least 2017) grant to fund FitnessGram assessment in more than 1,120 schools nationwide (35 schools for each of the 32 teams). Play60 is the NFL's national youth health and fitness campaign focused on making the next generation of kids active and healthy by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes per day.
As of the 2015-16 school year, DCPS schools participate in FitnessGram Fitness Testing.