Texas Study Links Fitness to Academics

The "Texas Youth Fitness Study," provides an in-depth analysis and evaluation of data collected through the state-mandated health-related fitness testing of all public school children in Texas in grades 3 through 12.

A key finding was the link between higher physical fitness test achievement is related to higher state academic test scores and higher attendance, fewer negative school incidents.

Reliability and validity of large-scale testing is good; and suggestions for testing in challenging school settings and in large-scale testing for regional, state, and national settings are provided.

To find out more about the study download the a supplement to the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) which presents key findings and issues associated with the statewide assessment of youth fitness in Texas.