Communication with multiple audiences throughout the year is important. Consider these:
Students - Fitness assessments must be grounded in education. For assessments to have meaning, students must know and understand:
- Why they are doing the assessment.
- What the results mean and how to set goals and plan for improvement. That's where the program checklist comes into play.
Parents - Results of fitness assessments:
- Are personal to each student, which is exactly why parents should be informed of the process and its outcomes. The Parent Resource Guide can be used to help facilitate understanding.
- Should be shared confidentially with parents with an explanation of what the results mean and ways to maintain or improve their child’s health and fitness by practicing healthy habits.
Administrators - Share information with your school and district administrators to help them understand:
- Why physical education and fitness education, specifically, are so important
- The value of fitness assessments as a teaching tool. Before you can do this, you must understand why you are conducting fitness assessments and the different types of assessments (e.g., self-testing, individualized, institutional, etc.).
- Let your colleagues know what's happening in your classroom. What you are teaching has relevance to other core subjects at every grade level.
- Recognizing students using one or more of the award options (or something you create on your own) can be part of a school-wide assembly.