FitnessGram Information

Students in third through fifth grade will be training for the fitness gram test administered in late February to early March.  Below is an explanation of each test.  Fitness Gram Testing is  required for all 3rd - 12th grade students in the state of Texas.
Pacer Test
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Test objective:  to run as long as possible back and forth across a 20-meter space at a specified pace, which gets faster each minute. The children start running at the beep, then must wait until the next beep sounds to start running back. Each time across the gym (one-way) is a lap. If a child does not make it to the other side before the beep, they are to immediately turn around and head back. When a child misses the beep for the second time, they have finished the test. Students may voluntarily stop running at any time.


Test objective:  to complete as many curl-ups as possible up to maximum of 75 at a specified pace.  Lie in a supine position on the mat, knees bent at an angle of approximately 140 degrees, feet flat on the floor, legs slightly apart, arms straight and parallel to the trunk with palms of hands resting on the mat.  Keeping heels in contact with the mat, curl up slowly, sliding fingers across the measuring strip until fingertips reach the other side, then curl back down until the head touches the back of the mat.  Measurement strips for 9 years and under are 3 inches wide and for 10 years and older it is 4.5 inches wide. Students will be stopped if or when the second form of correction is made, can no longer continue, or after completing 75.

Test objective: to complete as many push-ups as possible without breaking form or cadence. In the down position, arms should be bent to 90 degrees.  The test is over on the second form correction or when the student is no longer able to keep up with the cadence.
Sit and Reach   
Sit & Reach
Test objective:  to reach the specified distance on the right and left sides of the body. Measure one leg at a time. Take shoes off. The foot that is touching the box is the side being measured. Make sure hands are together, one atop the other, and that the underside of the knee on the measured side is touching the floor at all times. With palms down, the student reaches directly forward with both hands along the scale and holds the position of the fourth reach for a least 1 second.
Trunk Lift
Test objective:  to lift the upper body off the floor using the muscles of the back and hold the position to allow for the measurement.  Student lies on the mat in a prone position (facedown).  Toes are pointed and hands are placed under the thighs.  Students lift the upper body off the floor, in a very slow and controlled manner to a maximum height of 12 inches.

Body Composition 

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The BMI provides an indication of the appropriateness of a child's weight relative to height.  Height and weight measurements are converted to metric units by the computer to calculate BMI-pounds to kilograms and feet to meters




The Northwest fitness program complies with state legistlation.  During the 80th Legislative Session, Senate Bill 520 was passed, which requires fitness assessment for all students in grades 3 to 12 starting in the 2007-2008 school year.  The Texas Education Agency identified FITNESSGRAM as as assessment tool for Texas schools and Northwest ISD has initiated the program on its campuses.  To access a list of frequently asked questions on the FITNESSGRAM web site, please click