Criterion-Referenced Reliability and Equivalency Between the PACER and 1-Mile Run/Walk for High School Students

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To examine the Healthy Fitness Zone (pass/fail) criterion-referenced reliability (CRR) and equivalency (CRE) of the 1-mile run/walk (MRW) and Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) in adolescents (13 to 18 years).


Seventy-six girls and 165 boys were randomly assigned to complete 2 trials of each test.


CRR for the boys on the MRW (Pa = 77%, κq = 0.53) was lower than on the PACER (Pa = 81%, κq = 0.63); girls were classified more similarly on the MRW (Pa = 83%, κq = 0.67) than on the PACER (Pa = 79%, κq = 0.58). The CRE between the MRW and PACER indicated boys (Pa = 77%, κq = 0.55) were classified more consistently on both tests than girls (Pa = 73%, κq = 0.46).


No test provided greater consistency. Practitioners may consider other features, such as ease of administration, environmental conditions, and comparative use in the literature.

Beets is with the Dept. of Public Health, Oregon State University, 256 Waldo Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-6406. Pitetti is with the Dept. of Physical Therapy, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67208.

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