SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 17
April 11, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Reporting of Physical Fitness Test Ratings|
We need your assistance with the administration and collection of the physical fitness test data for the 1996-97 school year. The physical fitness testing program is to be administered in grades 4-10 and is optional for students in grades 11-12. Several benefits may be derived from the ratings. The ratings are important in assessing the physical development of each student. Ratings give health and physical education teachers information which should be useful in planning for the instructional needs of students. The ratings also provide information which can be communicated to parents about the physical fitness of their children. Further, the data are reported in the Outcome Accountability Project (OAP) school and division reports. These data are to be collected at the school level during the month of May. This year we have enclosed a customized data collection form for each school in your division on which the physical fitness data is to be recorded. In addition, we have included detailed instructions on how to complete these forms. To lessen the data collection burden at the local level, we are not asking localities to submit a division report; rather, the division data will be aggregated from the individual school reports within the Department. A key factor in the data collection process is the designation of a central office staff person who will be responsible for distributing and collecting the forms from your schools, forwarding them to the Department, and serving as liaison between your schools and the Department. All inquiries by Department staff regarding data will be made with the contact person. The Physical Fitness Ratings Data Collection Transmittal Form contains the name, address, telephone and fax number for the contact person named in 1996. This information should be updated as necessary. The transmittal form also lists the schools in your division where the physical fitness data will be collected. The contact person should complete this form and return it to the Department together with the original school data collection forms. All school data collection forms should be submitted in one mailing. SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 17 April 11, 1997 The data collection forms should be completed and returned by June 16, 1997 to: Sandra K. Dofflemyer Specialist: Health, Physical Education and Driver Education Department of Education P. O. Box 2120 Richmond, VA 23218-2120. Your cooperation in completing these data collection forms and your commitment to accuracy are greatly appreciated. If you need additional information, please contact Sandra Dofflemyer at (804) 225-2898. RTL/jf Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure will be sent to the superintendent's office.