Illustrative Examples of Units of Practice

Fitness Testing

Snapshot


In this Student Physical Fitness Testing Illustrative Example Unit of Practice, we will test junior and senior high school students’ 5 components of Health Fitness:

We will test the students at the beginning of each school year and collect data for each student.

Unit Details:

Subject: Physical Education, Health

Learning Levels: Grades 7-12

Author(s): Dave Morton

Invitation


In this testing we will attempt to answer two major questions.

How do fitness scores compare between the different grade levels? How do fitness scores compare in individuals from one year to the next? There may be other worthwhile data that evolves from our testing.

 

Outcomes


Situations


Grade 7-10 level students will be tested during Physical Education classes in September of each school year. Most individual tests can be completed in one class session, so it takes approximately five Physical Education classes and at least one make-up class to conduct the testing for each group.

Tasks


The students are tested in the following;

Assessment Criteria


NOTE:

In all the tests I try to ensure that testing conditions for all classes are as equal as possible and I encourage all students to do their very best so that results are useful data.

There are no true standards although I have used The Canada Fitness Tests and other similar tests to put my school specific testing standards together. They are as follows:

Female

Age

Mile

Run

Flex.

SitUp

Chin

Ups

Long

Jump

Shuttle

Run

 

13

9:45

10cm

30

1

1.4

25

 

14

9:45

10cm

32

1

1.5

26

 

15

9:30

10cm

34

1

1.6

27

 

16

9:30

10cm

36

1

1.7

28

 

17

9:15

10cm

38

1

1.8

29

 

18

9:15

10cm

40

1

1.9

30

Male

Age

Mile

Run

Flex.

SitUp

Chin

Ups

Long

Jump

Shuttle

Run

 

13

8:30

10cm

40

3

1.75

28

 

14

8:15

10cm

42

4

1.8

29

 

15

8:00

10cm

45

5

1.9

30

 

16

7:45

10cm

48

6

2.0

30

 

17

7:45

10cm

48

6

2.0

30

 

18

7:30

10cm

50

7

2.2

32

 

In some Tests (Sit-ups, Shuttle run) the students work in partners helping and supporting each other. In others (Flexibility, Chin-ups, Long jump) it is mainly a teacher-student interaction. The Mile run is a whole class working at individuals’ paces. Teamwork and peer support is strongly encouraged but varies from class to class.

Students are only assessed according to the effort put forth during the testing. However, results are categorized and fall into four separate categories. Platinum for students who achieve excellence in all six tests. Gold for those who achieve excellence in five of six tests. Silver for achieving excellence in four of six and Bronze for all those who achieve excellence in at least one test. All students achieve at least a bronze level.

The students need only bring a positive attitude and strong work ethic to the fitness tests. It is highly encouraged for best results for students to be changed and well warmed up for all tests.

The tests work best when students receive a good explanation of test types and purposes. I always make sure that before each test I explain expectations, provide hints to aid success and give the age and gender standard for each test.

I have shared this testing format with several other educators and like myself they seem to almost always alter the process according to what they see as a good model for their program.