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Introducing FitnessGram

Teach kids to fit fitness into their future.

To set our students up for healthy futures, it’s crucial to be well-equipped and well-informed. With the FitnessGram assessment, educators get powerful fitness data starting at the individual level. They’ll also receive lesson plans, videos, and other classroom resources to build enthusiasm for wellness and help fight obesity.

Kids taking a gym class as part of the FitnessGram assessment program.

Fitness benefits

Why does Delaware fitness test?

You may be surprised to learn that childhood obesity is at an all-time state high. Part of FitnessGram’s purpose is to help combat childhood obesity by improving fitness now. But it also allows us to instill values and habits that last well into adulthood.

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  • Boost academic achievements

  • Guide policies and practices for schools

  • Improve general health and well-being

Fitness Facts

  1. Research from The Cooper Institute and other entities shows that students who are physically fit perform better in school, have higher reading and math scores, fewer behavioral problems, and miss fewer days of school.

  2. As of 2018, Delaware is ranked in the top third for childhood obesity. 16.7 percent of children ages 10 through 17 are obese.

  3. There are a variety of grants available to schools to help fund and bolster their physical education programs. With stronger curriculum and more access to resources, we can better equip kids for a future of physical fitness.

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How does the testing work?

The assessment component of FitnessGram uses five different areas of fitness as the core criteria. The goal is for students to be within the Healthy Fitness Zone in all of them. This method of testing allows for students to be targeted and worked with one-on-one rather than ranked against one another.

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Students running to test their Aerobic Capacity
Aerobic Capacity

It’s how good your body is at taking in and using oxygen during exercise.

How it’s measured: PACER, 1-mile run, 1-mile walk.

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Kids stretching as part of the FitnessGram assessment for body composition
Body Composition

Simple. What percentage of your total body weight is fat, and what percentage is everything else? Some fat is healthy—too much is not.

How it’s measured: Body fat percentage, Body mass index (BMI).

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Students stretching with fitness balls to measure flexibility

The range of motion of muscles at the joint.

How it’s measured: Flexibility, Trunk extensor strength & flexibility.

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Kids lifting kettlebells to test muscular strength
Muscular Strength

The maximum force your muscles can exert in a single effort.

How it’s measured: Abdominal strength, Extensor strength, Upper body strength.

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Students testing their muscular endurance as part of the FitnessGram program.
Muscular Endurance

The ability to sustain or repeat muscular activity over time.

How it’s measured: Abdominal endurance, Upper body endurance.

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How data is used

What good does the data do? Plenty.

The more data we have, the better. When you and other teachers enter fitness data, the results can be used to:

  • Track fitness levels longitudinally at the individual, class, school, district or state level
  • Make informed decisions about curriculum and resource allocation
  • Influence policy to improve public health
  • Educate families and communities on the importance of health-related fitness


Get the most from FitnessGram.

Below is a list of guides and videos to help you learn to use the many features that FitnessGram offers. Explore all the ones that apply to you, or search for a specific topic. Of course, if you still need help, you can always look in the FAQ section or chat with the FitnessGram Helpdesk.

Back-to-school software steps

  • Logging in

    Step-by-step instructions on how to log in to the FitnessGram software and how to retrieve a forgotten username or reset your password.

    Learn how to log in
  • Checking rosters

    Overview of how to confirm that your rosters are correct before starting the school year. Includes how to best search using available filters and how to transfer students if necessary.

    Learn how to check rosters

FitnessGram testing

FitnessGram software test events

  • How to create a test event

    Creating a test event is a necessary process before entering data. It can be done in four easy steps, shown in this video.

    Learn how to create a test event
  • How to edit a test event

    Need to make a change to your event without starting over? This video shows how quickly you can update a small detail in your test event.

    Learn how to edit a test event
  • How to enter data

    Choose topics from a few different videos, including how to type in scores and how to customize your screen to make data entry easier.

    Learn how to enter data
  • How to update test event rosters

    If you have had a student transfer in or out of your class, you will need to update your test event roster. Learn how to do so in the video below.

    Learn how to update test event rosters
  • How to enter data on a mobile device

    The FitnessGram software can be accessed on any device, as long as you have an internet connection. Here is an example of using the FitnessGram software on a mobile device.

    Learn about mobile data entry

FitnessGram reports

  • Student reports

    Student reports are critical for keeping students informed about their health and for future goal setting. There are several ways to share reports with students, including having them log in to review reports independently or emailing them directly home.

    View report tutorials for students
  • Teacher reports

    Teacher reports are key to making a difference at both the individual student level and the class level. There are many reports teachers can generate and share, and this video highlights two key reports that will help drive change.

    View report tutorials for teachers
  • School and district admin reports

    Data drives decisions. District admin reports show the data that can drive decisions at the school, district, and local level. There are many reports district admins can generate and share, and this video highlights two key reports that will help drive change.

    View report tutorials for district admins


Have questions? We have answers.

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Data from FitnessGram drives decisions, allowing parents, students, and school leaders to build the healthy habits kids need to be successful well into the future. Go to to learn more.

Go to to watch a quick video tutorial on importing classes.

To get instructions for recovering your username, password, or both, go to

Students’ fitness is tracked using five areas: aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. To learn more about the approach, go to

FitnessGram is a powerful tool that allows you and your school to:

  • Track fitness levels longitudinally at the individual, class, school, district, or state level.
  • Make informed decisions about curriculum and resource allocation.
  • Influence policy to improve public health.
  • Educate families and communities on the importance of health-related fitness.

Information can be used to:

  • Track trends and changes in fitness levels over time.
  • Examine associations between fitness and academic achievement and attendance.
  • Enhance the effectiveness of physical education programs.
  • Help create healthy school environments focused on prevention.
  • Foster communication between parents, teachers, and students.
  • Identify areas of need for program funding.