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Local students more fit than average

Posted: December 2, 2009 10:15 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2009 8:30 a.m.
Nearly every single fifth-, seventh- and ninth-grader attending the Santa Clarita Valley's five school districts beat the state average for physical fitness standards, according to results released this week.

The California Department of Education's 2008-09 physical fitness tests are given annually and measure six standards - aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension, upper-body strength and flexibility.

Across the state, 29.1 percent of fifth-graders, 34.1 percent of seventh-graders and 37.9 percent of ninth-graders met all six fitness criteria.

Nearly 47 percent of Saugus Union School District's fifth-graders met all six of the fitness criteria set by the state.

In the Newhall School District, 48 percent of fifth-graders met all six fitness goals while Sulphur Springs School District had nearly 41 percent of fifth-graders pass all six tests.

About 37 percent of Castaic Union School District's fifth-graders and nearly 30 percent of the district's seventh-graders passed all six categories.

In the William S. Hart Union High School District, about 39 percent of seventh-graders and 46 percent of ninth-graders passed every fitness test.


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