In 2009 the Student Health and Physical Education (S.H.A.P.E.) Act was passed, which laid the foundation for collecting data for decision making in Georgia. Beginning October 1, 2012, this act requires the State Department of Education to submit an annual report on student fitness to the governor. All Georgia physical educators (elementary, middle, and high schools) are required under the Act to conduct an annual fitness assessment of all children enrolled in physical education classes in public elementary, middle, and high schools. The assessment utilized in Georgia is Fitnessgram. Fitnessgram evaluates five components of health-related fitness: aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition using objective criteria.
The Fitnessgram platform generates confidential individual reports that are provided to parents, aggregate school-level reports that are provided to each school and aggregate state-level data that are reported annually to the governor. These data provide valuable information to create true snapshots of current fitness levels and identify areas for improvement. Check out the most recent Fitnessgram report and maps below.