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Local schools measure up well in fitness tests

Posted: November 16, 2012 2:11 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2012 2:11 p.m.

While less than one-third of students statewide were in good physical shape according to state fitness tests, the results locally were a bit rosier, according to numbers released this week.

California’s state Physical Fitness Tests are administered to fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders statewide and measure six primary fitness areas.

Those areas are aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension strength, upper-body strength and flexibility.

Statewide, only 25 percent of fifth-graders were able to pass all six standards according to results released Thursday, but every local elementary school district came in above that mark, according to statistics from the California Department of Education.

In fact only Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District had less than 30 percent of its fifth-graders pass all six standards.

In the Saugus Union School District, 43.7 percent of fifth-graders passed all six standards, the highest mark among local school districts.

Saugus Superintendent Joan Lucid said the results reflect the district’s commitment to promoting healthy and active lifestyles among its students.

“What we really focused on was how you get all kids engaged in physical activity that will help them develop the skills they need now as well as the lifetime skills they will need,” Lucid said.

One area of concern for local districts was the body composition standard, in which at least 20 percent of local districts’ students fell under the “high risk” designation.

The body composition standard is measured via the body-mass index, a figure calculated as a ratio of a person’s height and weight, and a measurement of a student’s body fat percentage.

Both Acton-Agua Dulce and the Sulphur Springs School District had at least a third of fifth-graders rated as “high risk.”

Results were more mixed for local high schools.

The William S. Hart Union High School District had 48.8 percent of its ninth-graders meet all six fitness standards, compared to 37 percent statewide.

Conversely, only 33 percent of ninth-grade students met five of the six fitness standards in the Acton-Agua Dulce district.

Not a single Acton-Agua Dulce student met all six standards, according to records on file with the Department of Education.





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