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Master of Science




For the past five years physical education programs in Richmond area secondary schools have placed considerable emphasis upon physical fitness testing. The majority of the schools are ut ilizing a test battery published by the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. Results of these tests are utilized to compare one student with another and to compare one school withanother. These comparisons are made known to the students and to the public. The basis for comparison is a set of national norms developed by the AAHPER .

It has recently come to the attention of some physical education instructors in this area that particular tests in the AAHPER battery are not being administered in the same way by all testers. Thus,there is some doubt as to whether the results from the comparisons are, in fact, valid ones.

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