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ERIC Number: EJ870266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Statewide Physical Fitness Testing: A BIG Waist or a BIG Waste?
Morrow, James R., Jr.; Ede, Alison
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v80 n4 p696-701 Dec 2009
Statewide physical fitness testing is gaining popularity in the United States because of increased childhood obesity levels, the relations between physical fitness and academic performance, and the hypothesized relations between adult characteristics and childhood physical activity, physical fitness, and health behaviors. Large-scale physical fitness testing can be fraught with problems unless properly planned and conducted. Legislators, administrators, teachers, and parents should consider the following 10 essential issues when conducting large-scale physical fitness testing: purpose of testing, proper planning, training, quality of the data, reporting, support, costs, interpretation, programmatic matters, and policies and politics. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; New York; Texas; United States