Fresno Unified students lag in most fitness tests

The Fresno BeeNovember 19, 2013 

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.


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