P. O. BOX 2120
April 16, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Virginia Wellness-Related Fitness Test Data Analysis Service
The Department of Education once again is providing a 
data analysis service for the Virginia Wellness-Related 
Fitness Test (VWRFT) data for the 1998-99 school year. 
Although the reporting of the VWRFT data is a division 
option, 73 percent of the school divisions in the 
commonwealth reported their data for the 1997-98 school 

The divisions that opt to submit their data will derive 
the following benefits: (1) an individual profile of the 
physical development of each student, (2) information 
that health and physical education teachers should use in 
planning for the instructional needs of students, (3) 
information that can be communicated to parents about the 
wellness-related fitness of their children, and (4) the 
Department of Education will aggregate the division data 
from each school's report and return a division summary 
to each locality as well as the state summary data. The 
names of each division will not be identified on the 
state summary. If your division would like to take 
advantage of this data analysis service, you should 
collect the VWRFT data at the school level. 

This year a separate mailing is being sent to your 1998 
designated Physical Education Contact person. This 
mailing includes a School Summary data collection form 
for each school in your division on which the VWRFT data 
is to be recorded; a Teacher Summary form, which may be 
copied; and the Wellness-Related Fitness Ratings Data 
Collection Transmittal form. 

If your division chooses to take advantage of this 
service and participate in the VWRFT data collection, 
please advise your physical education contact person to 
collect all School Summary data forms, complete the 
transmittal form, and return them in one mailing by June 
18, 1999 to:

Dr. Sandra K. Dofflemyer
Specialist, Health, Physical Education and 
Driver Education
Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

I hope that you will take advantage of this data analysis 
service that the Department of Education is providing.  
If you need additional information, please contact Sandra 
Dofflemyer at (804) 225-2898


Enclosure:      1998 State Summary
                A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
                ment will be sent to the superintdent's

c: Health and Physical Education contact