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 the newest data from the California Department of Education.
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).
|State Physical Fitness Exam – Percent of Students Passing in 2017-18*|
|* The state considers meeting five of six Healthy Fitness Zones to be a passing score.|
LBUSD students’ performance on the P.E. tests surpassed the performance of their peers at the county and state level in just about each grade level tested. The one exception was fifth grade, where LBUSD students’ performance was about the same as the state as a whole. Ninth graders here significantly outperformed their peers countywide and statewide, surpassing the county by almost 9 percentage points, and surpassing the state by nearly 5 percentage points.