Illinois - Preventive health screenings in HS—BMI: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law addresses body mass index screening or requires height AND weight measurement.

Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 1.425 Additional Criteria for Physical Education

In accordance with Section 27-6.5 of the School Code, each school shall use a scientifically-based, health-related physical fitness assessment for grades 3 through 12 and periodically report fitness information to the State Board ofEducation to assess student fitness indicators.

1) For the purposes of this subsection (g), each school shall administer the FitnessGram® (http://www.fitnessgram.net/; also see subsection (g)(3)) to students in grades 3 through 12 (except as noted in subsection(g)(1)(A)) for the components and using the test items listed in subsections (g)(1)(A) through (g)(1)(D). Beginning inschool year 2016-17, the FitnessGram® shall be administered at least annually in the second semester of the schoolyear; however, schools also are encouraged to administer the assessment at the start of the school year in order to receive pre- and post-results.

  • A) Aerobic Capacity, grades 4 through 12, either the PACER test or the Mile Run test.
  • B) Flexibility, either the Back-Saver Sit and Reach test or the Trunk Lift test.
  • C) Muscular Endurance, the Curl-up test.
  • D) Muscular Strength, the Push-up test.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/27-6.5 Physical fitness assessments in schools.

(b) To measure the effectiveness of State Goal 20 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year and every school year thereafter, the State Board of Education shall require all public schools to use a scientifically-based, health-related physical fitness assessment for grades 3 through 12 and periodically report fitness information to the State Board of Education, as set forth in subsections (c) and (e) of this Section, to assess student fitness indicators.

Public schools shall integrate health-related fitness testing into the curriculum as an instructional tool, except in grades before the 3rd grade. Fitness tests must be appropriate to students’ developmental levels and physical abilities. The testing must be used to teach students how to assess their fitness levels, set goals for improvement, and monitor progress in reaching their goals. Fitness scores shall not be used for grading students or evaluating teachers.


Illinois Administrative Code Title 77 Section 665.150 Report Forms

b) The physical examination shall include gender and date of birth; an evaluation of height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth/dental; cardiovascular (including blood pressure), respiratory, gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, neurological, and musculoskeletal evaluations; spinal examination; evaluation of nutritional status; lead screening; and other evaluations deemed necessary by the health care provider.

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