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Physical Education


Fitness GramFITNESSGRAM is a comprehensive fitness assessment battery for youth utilized at AACPS. It includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests designed to assess cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.

FITNESSGRAM is also a report card that summarizes the child’s performance on each component of health-related fitness.  FITNESSGRAM can be used by students, teachers, and parents. Students can use FITNESSGRAM in planning their personal fitness programs; teachers can use it to determine student needs and help guide students in program planning; and parents can use it to help them understand their child’s needs and help the child plan a program of physical activity.

The FITNESSGRAM assessment is given to children in Grades 4-12.  View Frequently Asked Questions about  FITNESSGRAM here.


“All elementary school children should be provided with at least one daily period of recess of at least 20 minutes in length”

The above statement is the position of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

*Recess is an essential component of a comprehensive school physical activity program and of the total education experience for elementary school students.

Recess provides children with discretionary time to engage in physical activity that helps them develop healthy bodies and enjoyment of movement. It also allows children the opportunity to practice life skills such as cooperation, taking turns, following rules, sharing, communication, negotiation, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Quality physical education and daily recess are components of the elementary school educational experience that enable students to develop physical competence, health-related fitness, personal and social responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity so that they will be physically active for a lifetime.

*taken from the NASPE position paper titled Recess for Elementary School Students, 2006

Physical Activity and Academics

Physical education plays a critical role in educating the whole student.

Research supports the importance of movement in educating both mind and body.  The benefits of physical education can affect both academic learning and physical activity patterns of students. The healthy, physically active student is more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.

Research has demonstrated that children engaged in daily physical education show superior motor fitness, better academic performance than non-active peers, and positive attitudes toward school versus their classmates who did not participate in regular physical education.

View more on this topic at:
Head Start Body Start -  National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS)

Physical Activity and Wellness

Physical Activity and being well are essential to a child’s physical development.  Meeting or exceeding the daily recommendations for moderate to vigorous activity is a key component to a student’s development and there is a great deal of resources available to meet these goals.  It is vital for parents and children to be aware of and understand the importance of moving and a health diet, and doing so after the school day ends. 

View more at: Healthy People,, Dietary Guidelines