Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code. Provides that each school board shall require an annual assessment of the physical fitness levels of all students in grades 5, 7, and 9, which shall be reported on the school district's school report card (along with the average number of minutes per week of physical education for each grade level). Requires the assessment data to be reported to the State Board of Education. Requires the State Board to compile the results, including statewide averages, broken down by gender and grade level, and use the assessment data to file a summary report every other year, beginning in October of 2012, regarding the overall status of health-related fitness of Illinois public school children with the Office of the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Department of Public Health. Allows students to be excused from the physical fitness assessment. Effective January 1, 2010.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Provides that the annual assessment requirement is subject to appropriation. Provides that the assessment shall be referred to as FITNESSGRAM. Makes changes concerning the reporting of the assessment. Removes the one-mile walk/run test requirement. Provides that the State Board of Education may award a grant to the University of Illinois for the purposes of data management as related to the FITNESSGRAM assessment. Provides that the State Board of Education and the University of Illinois shall work together with a statewide professional organization of physical educators.