TO APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS OF QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION TASK FORCE
WHEREAS, the Alabama Department of Education continues to be vitally concerned about the academic and physical fitness of all students attending public schools in the state of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, evidence shows that physical fitness activity can assist in improving academic achievement and positively impact cognitive skills, attitudes, concentration, attention, and classroom behavior; and
WHEREAS, the current state physical fitness assessment, the President's Physical Fitness Challenge, is a norm-referenced test based on 1984 data, and a test based on recent data is needed; and
WHEREAS, a physical education task force was appointed to develop a state physical fitness assessment, an essential component to a quality Alabama physical education program; and
WHEREAS, the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment has been developed using criterion-referenced measures to comprehensively assess the health and physical fitness of all Alabama students, to target achieving and maintaining a healthy level of fitness:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the attached Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment be adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education.
Done this 10th day of November 2011