We use the Fitnessgram testing program in the USD 373 Schools. Below is some information that hopefully will help you understand it a little bit more. Testing is formally performed in grades 4 and above. Prior to that time students are just made familiar with the testing protocol. 3rd and below learn the assessments and work as a member of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program Fitness Program.
FITNESSGRAM assesses three areas of health-related fitness aerobic capacity, body composition; and muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Each score is evaluated against criterion-referenced standards that have been established to indicate levels of fitness corresponding with health. Standards have been set for boys and for girls based on age. The use of health-related criteria helps to minimize comparisons between children and to emphasize personal fitness for health rather than goals based solely on performance. Since only modest amounts of exercise are needed for obtaining health benefits, most students who participate in physical activity almost every day will be able to achieve a score that will place them in the Healthy Fitness Zone.
The assessment items we use are as follows:
Body mass index (calculated from height and weight)
Muscular Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility
Abdominal strength and endurance (curl-up)
Trunk extensor strength and endurance (trunk lift)
Upper body strength and endurance...push-up
Flexibility back-saver sit-and-reach
The following link is to a document which lists the testing standards for the differing age groups and genders. Remember we use the pacer, push-up, curl-up,back saver sit and reach, trunk lift and BMI tests.