Fresno Unified students improved in some fitness categories and lost ground in others, and the district continues to lag behind the state average, according to a report issued in October on the state's annual physical fitness test.
Just 14% of Fresno Unified fifth-graders were considered proficient in all categories in 2012-13, while about 22% of seventh- and ninth-graders hit the mark in all areas. By comparison, statewide 26% of fifth-graders, 32% of seventh-graders and 37% of ninth-graders reached all six benchmarks.
Clovis Unified students scored well above state averages, with more than 50% of kids meeting the benchmarks. District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said physical fitness is "pretty high" on the district's priority list.