Wearing a Falcon basketball T-shirt, California Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell on Tuesday joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Fitness Council Chair Jake Steinfeld at Crescenta Valley High School to announce the results for the 2007-2008 state physical fitness test. The school was chosen for the announcement because the students earned a 70% success rate in the test.
“Let me tell you about [CVHS] test results,” O’Connell said. “They are really the model, the shining example of where all schools need to be in California when it comes to academic achievement and good physical fitness.”
The state mandated fitness test is given to fifth, seventh and ninth graders during the spring. It measures six areas of physical fitness, including cardiovascular endurance, body fat, abdominal strength and endurance, trunk strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance and overall flexibility. In ninth grade, students who do not pass are given a type of intervention class and try the test again. Students who still do not pass are required to continue in physical education classes. Those who pass are required to take two years of physical education class or its equivalent in order to receive a diploma.