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Evaluating Program Effectiveness

Aggregate Performance Data
Pre Test Fall 2016
Post Test Spring 2017
Skills Tested
PRE
POST
% IMPROVE-
MENT
Mile Run
11.11
10:38
5%
15 Meter Pacer Cardiovascular Endurance Run
(Recorded in Laps)
41.9
51.8
23.6%
20 meter Pacer Cardiovascular Endurance Run (Recorded in Laps)
31
37
19%
Pull Ups
1.4
1.7
21%
Sit Ups
(Timed for 2 minutes)
39
45
15%
Flexed Arm Hang
(Timed in seconds)
11
14
27%
Vault Bar
(Recorded by jumps per side)
9
14
56%

Daria Parallel BarsAll PFA schools participate in two years testing and evaluation for project measurement. Schools will pre-determine whether they wish to test all students or select a benchmark grade level of students to track.

These tests are administered to the students at the beginning of the fall semester, prior to implementing PFA and at the end of the spring semester after using the program. The data is analyzed by Sonoma State University, Department of Mathematics and Statistical Consulting and reports are compiled for each school as well as national school averages.

  • Paced full mile run/walk (measures cardiovascular endurance)
  • Flexed Arm Hang (measures upper body strength)
  • Sit-up (measures abdominal strength)
  • Vault Bar (measures leg strength)

This information is used as a tool for us to determine the area of support for the each school and to verify the regularity of program usage. The student's love to see their progress and the results are very motivating for the parents and teachers too. In addition, each school completes a year-end teacher evaluation of the program that addresses all areas of programming; equipment, in-service, curriculum and a free form narrative of up to two pages. These evaluations become the corner stone for our ongoing research and development to aid the evolution of our programs.  To date over 100,000 students have participated in this testing component.

These results are based on the most common, measurable areas of assessment for the students that had both pre and post test scores.  Results are reported by the schools and are not the product of independent control studies.  Data assessment and analysis conducted by Sonoma State University-Department of Mathematics and Statistical Consulting.

SCHOOL DATA SAMPLE

Pershing Elementary School - Saint Joseph, MO

Project Fit America - Team Fit Program

Spring 2005 Assessment Test Data
C.A.
Science
Math
S.S.
PFA Kids
76%
84%
78%
88%
All Pershing Students
75%
75%
77%
79%
Test Data

Pershing Elementary School is located in St. Joseph, Missouri. We have 280 students and have 80-120 participants in our Project Fit America Kid Fit Program from grades 2-6 each year. We began this project in 1998.

Students sign up and come to school from 8:00-9:00am four days a week. They run lap around our woodchip trail to accumulate miles and workout at each fitness station. They each have a punch out card and reach repetition is punched out on the card to accumulate rewards. They earn incentives as they set and meet different goals.

The big goal is to run 100 miles and get a card punched out for each station by the end of the year. See description of rewards and incentives. Over 14 adult volunteers run our program. Parents, (both moms and dads) and grandparents come to encourage the children and keep track of how far they run and how many repetitions they have done at each station. This program is community based in that parents, staff and students are all involved in the success of the program.

During the 2004-2005 school year we wanted to see the outcomes that Project Fit had on our student body. We only collected data on Kid-Fit students that had at least 20 miles and 2 station cards punched out by the end of the school year.

Data was collected on the students’ body mass index, attendance and academic test scores. Over all we found that in general those students that participate in the before school Kid Fit Program attend more school regularly, have less body fat and score higher academically at the end of the year assessments. See graphs below of outcomes.

Body Mass Index
BMI
Days Absent
PFA Kids
17
4
Non-PFA Kids
22
20

This is our 8th year of using Project Fit America. We were awarded a grant from Heartland Foundation in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1998. Since that time our students did better in the classroom, attended school regularly and lowered their body mass index. Teachers often comment that the Project Fit students come directly from our Kid Fit Program ready to learn. Parents’ say that their children are ready to get out of bed, and excited to get to school just to participate in the program.

The Pershing Community has enjoyed Project Fit America outdoor equipment component and it is often used during the evenings, weekends and summer by families.top

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