Posted on 10/19/2016

This year, Stoner Prairie will be using the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness testing program for students in Grades 3-5.

This program tests students in the areas of aerobic fitness (PACER test), muscular strength/endurance (Push Ups and Curl Ups), and flexibility (Back saver sit and Reach). Students will do a pre-test and then set goals for how much they want to improve in each of the different areas. In the spring we will do a post-test so that the students are able to see how much they improved and if they were able to achieve the goal they set for themselves. Although we will plan activities throughout the year to help improve in all areas of physical fitness, we will be putting our emphasis on improving aerobic fitness. This will be done using the PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run) Test. The PACER and the rest of the FITNESSGRAM program were developed by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and are endorsed by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).


The FITNESSGRAM is a quality assessment for three reasons:

  1. FITNESSGRAM establishes a baseline of a healthy fitness zone from which students can set goals and check progress to maintain and improve their fitness level.
  2. FITNESSGRAM provides recommended activity program ideas that will help students reach healthy fitness zones in areas they would like to improve.
  3. FITNESSGRAM is non-competitive.  It does not compare students to other students.  Results are only shared with individual students and their parents/guardian.


*****Fitness testing will begin October 17th for all third, fourth and fifth graders in Physical Education class.

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