Students in Odessa will face state mandated physical fitness testing

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

Odessa- Kids in grades 3-12 will face, state mandated physical fitness testing at the start of the new year. Districts all over the Texas will be required to send data to TEA and E.C.I.S.D. is gearing up for the new requirement.

"It's going to put a requirement that is going to ensure that all grade levels do a fitness assessment on their kids," said Susan Nix, science, health and P.E., coordinator for Ector Independent School District.
It will be like TAKS, for physical fitness, and kids will be required to be tested every year.

"They are going to do it for kids in band, athletics, even if they opt out of PE they still have to find a way to be tested," said Nix, who took on the coordinator postilion back in June.

"I think it is going to be a wake up call, you know we're not all on the same fitness level, but we are in need of something happening to get these kids fit," said Nix who doesn't see any down sides of the new testing.

"The only obstacle I see is the skin fold, it's only going to be the arm and calf. It's not going to be on the torso of the body. I think it is going to take the fear away from the kids, that their body has been invaded," said Nix, who says this will make Districts more accountable for physical education.
"You can't put a price on health and when you lose it that's when you find a value for it," she said.

Nix hopes E.C.I.S.D. will purchase software to go along with this new program, to monitor each child's progress from year to year.