Student Fitness Declines Through School Years in Texas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - Are Texas schoolchildren -- fit?
First results of a new review show public school students are
surprisingly unhealthy and their fitness levels decline sharply
through 12th grade.
The number of physically fit students slipped every year through
high school, where just 7.8 percent of senior girls and 8.5 percent
of senior boys reached the "Healthy Fitness Zone."
The new Texas law requires a physical fitness assessment of all
public school students beginning in third grade.
The Texas Education Agency will analyze the results by school
district. That data is expected to be available later this year.
Education Commissioner Robert Scott says the poor results in
upper grades correspond with decreased physical fitness
requirements in high school.
More than 8,000 schools participated in the Fitnessgram test,
developed by aerobics pioneer Doctor Kenneth Cooper of Dallas.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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