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Students Outperform State, County in P.E.

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.

State Physical Fitness Exam – Percent of Students Passing in 2016-17*
Grade LBUSD L.A. County  State
5 47.7 44.3 47.5
7 56.3 51.5 54.9
9 64.3 54.0 58.2
* The state considers meeting five of six Healthy Fitness Zones to be a passing score.

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).