Physical Fitness Testing
Dear Council Rock Parents & Guardians,
This letter is to inform you that the Council Rock School District has adopted the most current practices in fitness testing in the Physical Education community by moving to the Fitnessgram program. Highlighted below are some of the changes that you will notice during your child’s fitness testing experience from elementary school through high school.
Presidential Youth Physical Fitness
Student’s scores are assessed by “Healthy Fitness Zone” (HFZ); these figures are research based scores linked to risk for diseases later in life
Student’s scores are used to determine Presidential & National Awards based on percentiles
Measures personal fitness
Compares fitness levels to other students
Focus is on health-related fitness
*Can be altered with individual work
Focus is on skill-related fitness
*These are considered genetically inherited qualities
Aligns with the National Physical Education standards
The chart below lists the recommended tests, however alternate tests may be administered.
PACER (progressive aerobic cardiovascular endurance run)
Helps students learn pacing
High levels of body fatness are associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke & diabetes.
*Note: Health screenings are performed by the health suite
Abdominal strength & endurance
Safer alternative for back & hip flexors, as well as maximizing abdominal strength.
Trunk extensor strength & flexibility
Added test due to the relationship to lower back health, especially proper vertebral alignment.
Upper body strength & endurance
90 degree push up
Important for daily living, maintaining functional health and promoting good posture.
Back saver sit & reach
The left & right legs are tested separately to determine any asymmetry in hamstring flexibility & hyperextension of both knees is avoided.
If you have any questions about the information please let me know.
Health & Physical Education District Curriculum Coordinator