Catherine Vowell, MBA

Fitnessgram® Director, The Cooper Institute®
The Fitness Education Process: Best Practices for Utilizing Student Fitness Assessment Data
18 September 2014, 11:00 – 12:20

The Hungarian National Youth Fitness Study was developed through a partnership between the Hungarian School Sport Federation (HSSF) and The Cooper Institute. This study provided an opportunity for scientists to customize the commonly used FITNESSGRAM® test battery based on the wants and needs of the HSSF. The Hungarian National Youth Fitness Test (NETFIT®) was developed and customized specifically for Hungary and is based on FITNESSGRAM®. This presentation will provide an overview of best practices for utilizing youth fitness data through the Fitness Education Process and various methods for sharing these data based on the use of FITNESSGRAM® in United States.
Once physical education teachers perform evidence-based fitness assessments, it is important to provide customized feedback to children and parents, and maintain accurate and comprehensive records over time. Classroom teachers, as well as Physical Education teachers, are now at the point where assessments are being frequently used in order to determine student needs. Through careful data analysis, physical education teams can discuss, analyze, and dissect the data to determine overall student fitness levels. Physical education teachers can motivate and empower each student in setting personal fitness goals with their health-related fitness results. Collectively data can be used at the district and state level to determine overall student fitness levels, but to also dissect the information at the class or grade level to drive programming and resources.
Software reporting capabilities allow school officials to view de-identified, aggregate data for their school. In addition, review and dissemination of assessment results can assist physical education teachers and administrators in promoting quality physical activity and fitness programs. When used effectively across the disciplines, health-related fitness data serves as an important tool to support quality coordinated school health programming. It is a key resource that can be used during the needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation phases of physical activity.
We will discuss the benefits of using these data to effectively engage and communicate with all stakeholders including students, parents, staff, administration and the community. This ensures all stakeholders are aware and supportive of the school’s physical education curriculum, assessment, goal setting, and reassessment process; therefore, enhancing advocacy of student health and ensuring assessment success.