In North Palos 117 we believe that physical fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. To help our students better understand their fitness level, we have adopted the use of physical fitness tests as a part of the physical education curriculum in grades 3-8. Starting in 2016, the State of Illinois also began requiring fitness testing for 3rd-12th grades, with reports being sent to the state for 5th, 7th and 10th graders. The reports include number of students tested, gender, number of students within the healthy fitness zones, and number of students needing improvement. 

       These fitness assessments determine a student’s overall physical condition, not their athletic ability. A variety of daily activities are used to help improve student fitness levels throughout the course of the year. Students are tested in the fall and are reassessed in the spring to determine growth. These tests are not used for a grade; they are used to show students whether they are in a healthy fitness zone. We use multiple assessments to measure a student’s fitness level. The number of assessments given is determined by your student’s grade level. 

       The results below can help you as a parent/guardian to understand your child’s needs for  regular physical activity and to help them maintain or improve their current fitness level. For information and tips be sure to visit the new Physical Education page on the district website.

    Below are the list of fitness testing that your child may have done:


    1. Curl-ups- Students will lay down on a mat. Students’ knees should be approximately 12 inches from their buttock. A partner holds their feet. Arms are crossed with hands placed on opposite shoulders and elbows close to chest. Keeping arm position, students must curl for the outside of the forearm to touch thighs and then lower the back to the floor so that the scapulas touch the floor. This test lasts for one minute. 

    2. Shuttle Run- Mark 2 parallel lines 30 feet apart and place two erasers behind one of the lines. On go, students must run to erasers, pick one up, run it back to the start line, place it on the line, run back to pick up the second eraser, and run back across the finish line. Erasers cannot be thrown over the line.

    3. Endurance Run (Mile)- Students will run a certain amount of laps around the track. There is no walking in the first lane and no passing on the inside of the track (must pass on the right). 

    4. Flexed-Arm Hang- Students can use an overhand or underhand grip, student assumes the flexed-arm hang position with chin clearing bar and back to the wall (student can be lifted to position). Students time ends when their chin touches the bar or drops below the bar.

    5. Sit and Reach- Students must remove shoes and sit on the floor with knees fully extended, feet shoulder-width apart, and soles of the feet held flat against the end of the box. With hands on top of each other, palms down, legs held flat, the student reaches along the measuring line as far as possible. After 3 practice reaches, the fourth reach is held (with face down) while the distance is recorded in Centimeters.

    6. Push-ups- Students start with hands under shoulders, arms straight, fingers pointed forward, and legs straight, parallel, and slightly apart with the toes supporting the feet. Keeping the back and knees straight, the student then lowers the body until there is a 90-degree angle formed at the elbows with the upper arms parallel to the floor. A partner may holds her/his hands at the point of the 90-degree angle. Push-ups are done to a metronome (audio tape) with one complete push-up every three seconds.

    7. PACER- Mark two parallel lines 15m or 20m apart.  An audio recording of beeps that progressively gets faster goes along with the PACER.  Students start on one end of the gym on the black line.  On go, student will run across the distrance and touch the opposite line with their foot by the time the beep goes off.  At the sound of the beep, the student turns around and runs back to the other side of the gym.  Students continue to run back and forth as many times as they can before twice failing to reach the line before the beep.