This study provides descriptive data on demographic categories of health-related fitness from a large sample of Texas schools, which beginning in 2008 were mandated to conduct fitness testing in physical education. In the first year, data was obtained from nearly 6,000 schools representing more than 80 percent of districts and 250 of the state’s 254 counties.
Teachers were trained to use software and testing kits and submitted results to the Texas Education Association through a web-based data aggregation utility. The students were rated as to whether or not they achieved the health-related FITNESSGRAM® Healthy Fitness Zone™ (HFZ) on a number of assessments to measure cardiovascular fitness, body mass index, musculoskeletal fitness and flexibility.
Among the analysis:
The researchers also linked the data using GIS mapping technology to show regional variations in fitness among Texas school children.