Next Steps and Letter for Students and Families

The DOE-contracted company that prints the NYC FITNESSGRAM reports made a significant error in how fitness assessment results are shown in some grades 4-12 reports for this year. Schools have been instructed to halt distribution of any grades 4-12 reports that have not already been distributed to students, and prepare them for pick-up and shredding.

On June 9, all teachers who administer NYC FITNESSGRAM assessments received an email with a detailed explanation of next steps, including a link to a letter for students and families that explains how the error happened, how to check their assessment results, and how to access an accurate 2016 report. Teachers can print this student letter from the NYC FITNESSGRAM Portal and send it home with their students. The email to teachers also provides step-by-step instructions on how to request pick-up and disposal of remaining reports.

The New York City Department of Education is committed to maintaining the highest-possible standards for our physical education classes and the fitness information we share with students and their families.

If you have questions or concerns, please email


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This annual fitness assessment for students in grade K—12 supports students as they develop personal goals for lifelong health. This snapshot does not compare one student to another. Results are based on whether an individual student is in the Healthy Fitness Zone® for their age and sex.

More than 870,000 students each year take home a NYC FITNESSGRAM report to share with family and health care providers. Reports spark conversations about eating habits and levels of physical activity needed for good health. In the 2013 reports, coming in May, students and their families will see a new design and ideas for simple steps to get healthy and stay that way.

Originally developed by the Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research, FITNESSGRAM supports students in learning about and measuring components of health-related fitness: aerobic capacity, muscle strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. In 2005, the New York City Department of Education licensed the formulas and messages that were used to develop FITNESSGRAM from the Cooper Institute and Human Kinetics, publishers of the
Physical Best curriculum that the Department of Education recommends for Physical Education classes.

Additional information about the original FITNESSGRAM can be found on the
Cooper Institute website.

Learn more About NYC FITNESSGRAM

View the new NYC FITNESSGRAM Student Reports

K-3rd Grade Sample Report

4-12th Grade Sample Report