A greater percentage of physical education students in the Long Beach Unified School District are passing the state’s physical education tests compared to students in Los Angeles County and California as a whole, according to newly released data from the California Department of Education.
|State Physical Fitness Exam – Percent of Students Passing in 2015-16*|
|* The state considers meeting five of six Healthy Fitness Zones to be a passing score.|
More than 1.3 million fifth, seventh and ninth graders statewide took the exams during the 2015-16 school year. Students take a series of six separate tests that measure aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength and flexibility.
Meeting five of the state exam’s six Healthy Fitness Zone requirements is considered to be a passing score. By state law, high school students who meet this standard qualify for exemption from physical education classes in their junior and senior years (though many of these students still opt to take P.E. electives such as yoga, dance, basketball, soccer and weight training). Using the five-of-six yardstick, LBUSD’s scores surpassed state and county scores at all grade levels tested.
While the state and county saw slight declines in scores across all grade levels, Long Beach posted slight increases of less than a percentage point in grades five and nine. Local seventh graders saw a 2.7 percent decrease but still outperformed the county and state.
LBUSD’s curriculum staff includes a physical education curriculum leader who has helped teachers to focus more intently in recent years on offering students as many of the allowed alternatives as possible for students to demonstrate their fitness on the exams.