The Texas Education Code (TEC) §§38.101- 38.104 mandates that the Texas Education Agency complete the following objectives:
- Annually assess the physical fitness of students in grades three or higher in a course that satisfies the curriculum requirements for physical education under Section 28.002(a)(2)(C).
- Adopt an assessment instrument to be used by school districts.
- Compile the results of the physical fitness assessment captured by school districts and provide summary results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
- Analyze the results received for each school district to determine whether a relationship exists between student academic achievement levels, attendance levels, obesity, student discipline problems, and school meal programs.
Fitnessgram is the program that was adopted by for use by the Texas Education Agency to assess student fitness assessment. This assessment program assesses students in grades 3-12 that are in enrolled in physical education classes. The Fitnessgram assessment tests:
1. Aerobic Capacity
- The PACER
- One mile run
- Walk test (high school)
2. Body Composition
- Body Mass Index
3. Abdominal strength and endurance
- Curl ups
4. Trunk extensor strength and flexibility
- Trunk lift
5. Upper body strength and endurance
- 90 degree push up
- Modified pull-up
- Flexed arm hang
- Back-saver sit and reach
- Shoulder stretch