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Vermont Physical Education Assessment News
This winter the Agency of Education is working on finalizing the results of the 2019 Vermont Physical Education Assessment (VTPEA) and how it will be reported to the public. Results will be available to the public in the winter of 2019 in the SU/SD annual snapshot. At the local level, student and school reports can be generated through the FitnessGram software.
The 2020 test window will be April 1 – May 29, 2020. Local trainings need to take place early in 2020. All VTPEA test administrators must complete an annual certification process which includes attending their local SU/SD/IS training and passing the certification test with an 80% or higher, before administering the VTPEA. Failure to meet the VTPEA certification requirements can be a liability to the SU/SD/IS. The VTPEA Test Administration Manual and resources can be accessed through the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Portal.
Health education resources
The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VTHEC) provides a variety professional development opportunities. For more information and to view the offerings, click VTHEC.
New OPEN Curriculum Modules
Click over to OPENPhysEd.org for two new curriculum modules. Grade 3-5 Ninja Warrior Skills and High School Fitness Running. OPEN provides curriculum resources and professional development for K-12 physical education, early childhood movement exploration and active classrooms.
Sexual Education Resources page from the Vt AOE
Vermont Guidelines for Fitness Testing
The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. Physical education provides regular moderate to vigorous exercise for students through a variety of skill development, sports, games and lifetime physical activities. Graduates of an exemplary, sequential physical education program will be able to evaluate their own physical fitness, set goals, and use their physical activity knowledge and skills to maintain a health-enhancing, physically active lifestyle.
The Agency may provide professional development, technical assistance and resources to schools for the development and implementation of standards-based curricula, instruction and assessment. Please link here to review this information.
Parent Up VT resources
The Vermont Department of Health provides evidenced based research and expertise to assist communities, and in particular parents, against teenage drug and alcohol use. Interactive features, graphics, videos, and much more are available here.
Linking Health and Learning
The December edition of LH&L from the Vermont Agency of Education Health and Physical Education webpages is here.
To subscribe to the newsletter, please send an email request to Susan Yesalonia, the Health and Physical Education Specialist for the Vermont Agency of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org This month's edition includes Ant-vaping resources as well as updates on the VT Assessment Portal.
Running Resources for your School
Example NYRR resource: elementary fitness obstacle
Vermont's New Statewide Physical Education Assessment: FAQ
The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) has adopted FitnessGram as its statewide physical education assessment for state and federal accountability purposes. This FAQ provides introductory information about the assessment, timelines for implementation, and the respective roles of the AOE and field educators in facilitating this change. Read more here
Vermont's ESSA State Plan includes Physical Education as one of four academic content areas to be assessed. Additionally, in the Education Quality Standards, Vermont has articulated a commitment to education and evaluation that supports the whole child, knowing that healthier students perform better in every other aspect of school. FitnessGram will be used to collect data and the results will support state and local educators in promoting healthy, active student lifestyles.
The Vermont Physical Education Assessment Supervisory Union or District certification process requires physical educators to complete a four-part training series as well as FitnessGram 101, which is embedded as a resource in the FitnessGram software.
What domains of physical fitness will the Vermont Physical Education assessment measure?
The AOE has selected four domains of the FitnessGram system to be used in accountability: aerobic capacity, abdominal muscular strength and endurance, upper body muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. The FitnessGram measurement of Body Composition will not be required. However, schools may decide to use other parts of the assessment that are not part of the AOE requirements, but the AOE will only collect data from those that are required.
Contacts: For content assessment content and related classroom practice, contact Susan Yesalonia, Physical Education Specialist, a email@example.com; Fo test administration and school accountability, contact Gabriel McGann, Statewide Assessment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org For the FG Companion Assessments, contact Linda Moreno, Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, at email@example.com
School administrators are in the primary position to change schools into places where students learn healthy lifestyle habits that support their success in school and are essential for lifetime well-being - See more at: http://www.ashaweb.org/asha-position-statements/#sthash.DJN5PVXB.dpuf
Vermont Agency of Education Weekly Field Memo
The VT AOE created the weekly field memo to keep subscribers up-to-date with current education policy, state-wide education initiatives, and official messages from the AOE. The field memo also includes education-related items from other state agencies.
Date: October 22-23, 2020
Time: Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Time: Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Killington Grand Hotel, Killington, Vermont