04 Dec '11, 5am

Most California Students Fail Fitness Test

Most California Students Fail Fitness Test

Fewer than one-third of California students were able to pass all six areas of a statewide physical fitness test last year. 1.34 million students in the fifth, seventh and ninth grades took the test and scores declines in all three grades, after improving steadily since 2006. While state education department consultant Linda Hooper said one reason for the decline is that two of the test’s six sections, for measuring aerobic capacity and body fat, are now using more accurate measurements, cutbacks to physical education and sports programs throughout California — resulting in fewer PE teachers — are taking their toll on the physical fitness of California children. For a student to score in what state officials call a “healthy fitness zone,” a ninth-grade male who is 5 feet 6 and weighs 150 pounds has to be able to run a mile in nine minutes, do at least 16 push-ups and at le...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/most-california-students-fail...

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