Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Steve Holtrop


This research study examines the correlation between the effects of physical fitness scores on academic assessment tests. The study examines students’ PACER scores and what impact that causes with the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test. The study included a sample of 147 students from a large Midwestern elementary school of fifth graders. The study found that PACER scores seems to have a positive relationship with students’ MAP scores; that improving on the PACER does not show significant gains to show a connection between the two variables; that high BMI scores can indicate lower MAP scores and that lower BMI scores indicate higher MAP scores; finally that attendance days show a relationship with PACER and MAP scores. This study concluded that BMI, PACER scores, and attendance can show a positive impact on students’ academic performance.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education