UPES FITNESS TEST
Hamburg Central students take two physical fitness tests in their physical education classes: one in the fall and the other in the spring. These tests are the Fitnessgram and the Presidential fitness test combined. These tests help students establish physical activity in their daily lives. Students that have regular physical activity will maintain good health throughout their lifetime. According to the Fitnessgram test, it helps all children and youth achieve a level of activity and fitness associated with excellent health, growth and function.
The five components of fitness that are tested are: aerobic capacity (mile run/pacer test), body composition (body mass index, heights/weights), muscular strength (flex-arm hang) + endurance (sit-ups), and flexibility (sit-and-reach). On your child’s fitness report, you will find their score for each test, as well as the fitness standard for the 50th percentile and 85th percentile. All of the fitness tests are scored the same way with different benchmarks for each test. If your child’s score was below the 50th percentile they received an ‘I’ for improvement needed. If the student’s score was above the 50th percentile, but below the 85th percentile they received a ‘+’ for satisfactory. If the score was above the 85th percentile they received a ‘*’ for excellent. Your child’s total fitness grade was based on the following:
K-5: Grade is determined based on the grades of all four test described below
Report Card Grade: Distinguished (4) =3(*) and 1 (+) or 4(*)Proficient (3) = 1(I) and any combination of (*) and (+)
A Student with a 3 is at grade level. This is the expected level of achievement.
Developing (2) = 2 (I) and any combination of (*) and (+)
Beginning (1) = 3 (I) or more with any combination of (*) and (+)
Pacer Test (aerobic capacity)
This test is progressive; (the signal to run to the other side –a beep- start far apart but get closer as the test progresses) it is slow in the beginning but gets faster each minute. On the signal, students run to the other line, which is 21 yards, 32 in. or 20 meters away. Students are encouraged to run as long as they wish by pacing themselves to the beep. At the sound of the beep, they turn around and run back to the other side of the gym. If a student reaches the other side before the beep, they must wait for the beep before running the other direction. Students continue this until they fail to reach the end line before the beep for the second time or are unable to continue running.
Flex-Arm Hang Test (muscular strength)
Students will hold themselves in the air, with their chin above the bar, for as long as possible while being timed. A stopwatch is started while the student is in this position and stopped when one of the following occurs: the student’s chin touches the bar, their head tilts backward to keep chin above the bar, or the chin drops below the bar.
When testing the student’s flexibility each student removes their shoes and places both of their feet against a “sit-and-reach box”. The sit-and-reach box has centimeters marked on top. While keeping their knees straight they reach both hands as far as possible. They repeat this three times with the longest reach recorded in centimeters as their score.
Sit-up Test (muscular endurance)
Students are given one minute to do as many correct sit-ups as possible. The student being tested lies on a mat on their back, with their knees bent and their partner holding their feet. The tested student places their arms across their shoulders so that their elbows are pointed towards their knees. A correct sit-up is one where the elbows touch the knees and returning to a laying down position with knees still bent. Only correct sit-ups are counted.
Body Mass Index (body composition)
Maintaining appropriate body composition is vital in preventing the onset of obesity. BMI is the relationship between weight and height and is determined with a formula. This test is not used to determine the student’s grade.