COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 22
May 15, 1998

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Clarification of the Virginia Wellness-Related Fitness Test

 
  The Department of Education would like to provide you with
  additional information to clarify the memorandum sent to the
  Health and Physical Education contacts on April 15, 1998,
  regarding the voluntary reporting of the Virginia Wellness-
  Related Fitness Test Ratings. 

     The Department of Education no longer requires schools
       to administer, collect, or report physical fitness
       data. The State Board of Education did not include the
       reporting of fitness data on the School Performance
       Report Card, as specified in the Standards of
       Accreditation, or in their discussion regarding the
       unabridged version of the School Performance Report
       Card.

     The Virginia Wellness-Related Fitness Test(VWRFT), a
       research-based criterion reference test, will provide
       teachers information that should be useful in planning
       for instructional needs of students.

     The(VWRFT)provides students with options consistent
       with those allowed in the nationally recognized
       Presidential Physical Fitness Award program and/or the
       Prudential FitnessGram program.

     School divisions and schools are encouraged to adopt a
       program that provides recognition for students through
       the Presidential Physical Fitness Awards and/or the
       Prudential FitnessGram Recognitions.

     School divisions are encouraged to administered the
       VWRFT and take advantage of the data analysis service,
       which is being offered by the Department of Education.

  If you need additional information, please contact Dr.
  Sandra Dofflemyer, Health, Physical Education and Driver
  Education Specialist, at(804)225-2898,(sandy@pen.k12.va.us).

  PDS/jf