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ACTION REQUIRED

April 13, 2009

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

Subject:  Required Physical Fitness Assessment

The results of the 2007-2008 Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative (PFAI) revealed that youth achieving the healthy fitness zone were more likely to do well on the state’s standardized tests and have good school attendance.  As you are aware, the Texas Education Code, §38.101 and §38.103, requires that the fitness levels of all students in grades 3-12 be assessed at least once annually and that school districts submit the results to the Texas Education Agency each school year.  The TEA identified FITNESSGRAM as the assessment tool to be used by all school districts starting in the 2007-2008 school year.  Findings from the 2007-2008 Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative can be viewed at http://www.tea.state.tx.us./index4.aspx?id=3975 and will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of school health programming and to direct resources to school districts where health disparities are most evident.

The information provided below is being made available to ensure that you are able to upload your data successfully this school year.  The system for uploading FITNESSGRAM data will open on April 16, 2009.  All fitness data is due by June 12th, 2009.  A list of the school districts that do and do not submit their students’ data by June 12th will be posted on the TEA website by July 1st.  You must have the following in place in order to submit fitness assessment data to the Agency:

  1. A TEASE Account, user name and password with PFAI access http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/health/PFAI_TEASE_application_instructions.pdf
  2. The 8.4 Upgrade to the FITNESSGRAM Software (directions available per request; to be completed only once)
  3. Student data promoted from the 2007-2008 to the 2008-2009 school year (data from the 2007-2008 may have been deleted at the campus or district level, which will not interfere with data submission)
  4. Student name, gender, date of birth, grade and ethnicity; including fitness assessment data

If you need additional assistance for submitting data this school year, please contact the Division of Health and Safety at 512.463.3070 or by email at pfai@tea.state.tx.us.  You may also access information on FITNESSGRAM at www.fitnessgram.net/texas or by calling 1-800-747-4457.

The TEA thanks all administrators, teachers, parents and students for their commitment to implementing this important initiative.  We look forward to working with you to improve the coordinated school health programs and practices throughout the state.

Sincerely,

Marissa Rathbone, Director of School Health
Division of Health, Student Support, and Discipline

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