Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
physical education, aerobic capacity, fitness
This 2020 study focuses on the impact aerobic capacity can have on individual academic test scores. This study focuses on determining if there is any correlation between above average aerobic capacity levels in 4th grade students using Fitnessgram software analysis and above average reading and math scores collected from Northwest Evaluation Association/ Measures of Academic Progress. Fourth grade students were assessed by their physical education teacher on their aerobic capacity levels by performing the 20-meter pacer test the weeks of September 8, 2020 and October 5, 2020. Their scores were entered into the Fitnessgram software when all the tests are completed. Fourth grade took their NWEA/MAP reading test on September 25, 2020 and math on September 27, 2020. Percentages were calculated to determine whether or not students were in the healthy fitness zone or fell below for aerobic capacity and if they scored above the Minnesota state standard average or below on the individual NWEA reading test. The second portion of data focused on the individual math scores. These scores were analyzed using the same process as the reading scores. The categories used were students who were in the healthy fitness zone or fell below for aerobic capacity and if they scored above the Minnesota state standard average or below on the individual MAP math test. This study took place in a Minnesota elementary school, specifically fifty-three 4th grade students who are split into three different sections. Data were collected to determine there is a correlation between higher aerobic capacity levels and higher academic performance.
Jipson, Andrew, "Aerobic Capacity Fitness Level Impact on NWEA/MAP Reading and Math Scores" (2021). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 532.