Communication with multiple audiences throughout the year is important. Consider these:
Students - Fitness assessments must be grounded in education. For assessments to have meaning, students must know and understand:
- Why they are doing the assessment.
- What the results mean and how to set goals and plan for improvement. That's where the program checklist comes into play.
Parents - Results of fitness assessments:
- Are personal to each student, which is exactly why parents should be informed of the process and its outcomes. The Parent Resource Guide can be used to help facilitate understanding.
- Should be shared confidentially with parents with an explanation of what the results mean and ways to maintain or improve their child’s health and fitness by practicing healthy habits.
Administrators - Share information with your school and district administrators to help them understand:
- Why physical education and fitness education, specifically, are so important
- The value of fitness assessments as a teaching tool. Before you can do this, you must understand why you are conducting fitness assessments and the different types of assessments (e.g., self-testing, individualized, institutional, etc.). The FitnessGram®/ActivityGram® Reference Guide can help. Be clear on the type of data you will get from your assessments and how it will be used. Connecting fitness assessment data to academic outcomes or attendance is in vogue, but getting the type of data to support those analysis is a resource intensive process. Refer to the brief Monitoring Student Fitness Levels for more on this topic.
- Let your colleagues know what's happening in your classroom. What you are teaching has relevance to other core subjects at every grade level.
- Recognizing students using one or more of the award options (or something you create on your own) can be part of a school-wide assembly.