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Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Results for 2012-13

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Reports California Students Make Slight Gains in Physical Fitness.

Attachments to REL#13-105

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Table 1: 2013 Estimated Percentage of Grade Five, Seven, and Nine Students in Healthy Fitness Zone1 (HFZ) by Fitness Areas

Fitness Areas

Number of Grade 5 Studentss2

Percent of Grade 5 Students in HFZ

Percent of Grade 5 Students in NI3

Percent of Grade 5 Students in NI–Health Risk4

Number of Grade 7 Students2

Percent of Grade 7 Students in HFZ

Percent of Grade 7 Students in NI3

Percent of Grade 7 Students in NI–Health Risk4

Number of Grade 9 Students2

Percent of Grade 9 Students in HFZ

Percent of Grade 9 Students in NI3

Percent of Grade 9 Students in NI–Health Risk4

Aerobic Capacity

447,619

63.0

28.6

8.4

447,317

64.4

23.7

11.9

440,995

63.0

23.0

14.0

Body Composition

447,619

53.2

13.1

33.7

447,317

56.1

13.8

30.1

440,995

58.9

14.9

26.2

Abdominal Strength

447,619

77.0

23.0

N/A

447,317

83.9

16.1

N/A

440,995

86.5

13.5

N/A

Trunk Extensor Strength

447,619

86.3

13.7

N/A

447,317

89.3

10.7

N/A

440,995

91.3

8.7

N/A

Upper Body Strength

447,619

67.6

32.4

N/A

447,317

71.1

28.9

N/A

440,995

75.7

24.3

N/A

Flexibility

447,619

71.8

28.2

N/A

447,317

80.6

19.4

N/A

440,995

84.7

15.3

N/A

1 Healthy Fitness Zone is a registered trademark of The Cooper Institute.

2 Includes partially tested students.

3 NI = Needs Improvement.

4 Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition fitness areas have an additional performance standard, NI–Health Risk. Students in this area have the potential for future health problems. The need for increased activity and eating a healthy controlled diet is more urgent for students in this category than for students in the NI category. NI–Health Risk category does not exist for fitness areas that are denoted as N/A (not applicable). HFZ standards applied to the fitness areas are located on the CDE PFT Program Resources Web page at Program Resources - Physical Fitness Testing (PFT).

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Table 2: Comparison of 2011, 2012, and 2013 Results Estimated Percentage of Grade Five, Seven, and Nine Students in Healthy Fitness Zone1 (HFZ), by Fitness Areas

Fitness Areas

2011 Percent of Grade 5 Students in HFZ2

2012 Percent of Grade 5 Students in HFZ2

2013 Percent of Grade 5 Students in HFZ2

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012 Grade 5

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011 Grade 5

2011 Percent of Grade 7 Students in HFZ2

2012 Percent of Grade 7 Students in HFZ2

2013 Percent of Grade 7 Students in HFZ2

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012 Grade 7

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011 Grade 7

2011 Percent of Grade 9 Students in HFZ2

2012 Percent of Grade 9 Students in HFZ2

2013 Percent of Grade 9 Students in HFZ2

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012 Grade 9

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011 Grade 9

Aerobic Capacity

61.4

62.4

63.0

0.6

1.6

63.0

63.6

64.4

0.8

1.4

61.7

62.4

63.0

0.6

1.3

Body Composition

52.1

52.5

53.2

0.7

1.1

55.5

55.4

56.1

0.7

0.6

59.4

59.0

58.9

-0.1

-0.5

Abdominal Strength

78.9

78.0

77.0

-1.0

-1.9

85.1

84.4

83.9

-0.5

-1.2

87.4

87.0

86.5

-0.5

-0.9

Trunk Extensor Strength

87.4

86.8

86.3

-0.5

-1.1

90.2

89.5

89.3

-0.2

-0.9

92.0

91.4

91.3

-0.1

-0.7

Upper Body Strength

69.0

68.1

67.6

-0.5

-1.4

72.2

71.9

71.1

-0.8

-1.1

77.3

76.6

75.7

-0.9

-1.6

Flexibility

70.9

71.1

71.8

0.7

0.9

79.1

79.6

80.6

1.0

1.5

83.7

84.0

84.7

0.7

1.0

1 Healthy Fitness Zone is a registered trademark of The Cooper Institute.

2 HFZ standards applied to the fitness areas are located on the CDE PFT Program Resources Web page at Program Resources - Physical Fitness Testing (PFT).

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Table 3: Comparison of 2011, 2012, and 2013 Estimated Percentage of Grade Five, Seven, and Nine Students in Needs Improvement (NI)–Health Risk, by Fitness Areas

Fitness Areas

2011 Percent of Grade 5 Students in NI – Health Risk1

2012 Percent of Grade 5 Students in NI – Health Risk1

2013 Percent of Grade 5 Students in NI – Health Risk1

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012 Grade 5

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011 Grade 5

2011 Percent of Grade 7 Students in NI – Health Risk1

2012 Percent of Grade 7 Students in NI – Health Risk1

2013 Percent of Grade 7 Students in NI – Health Risk1

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012 Grade 7

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011 Grade 7

2011 Percent of Grade 9 Students in NI – Health Risk1

2012 Percent of Grade 9 Students in NI – Health Risk1

2013 Percent of Grade 9 Students in NI – Health Risk1

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012 Grade 9

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011 Grade 9

Aerobic Capacity

8.1

8.0

8.4

0.4

0.3

11.7

11.5

11.9

0.4

0.2

12.8

12.9

14.0

1.1

1.2

Body Composition

34.2

33.9

33.7

-0.2

-0.5

30.3

30.3

30.1

-0.2

-0.2

25.0

25.3

26.2

0.9

1.2

1 Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition fitness areas have an additional performance standard, NI–Health Risk. Students in this area have the potential for future health problems. The need for increased activity and eating a healthy controlled diet is more urgent for students in this category than for students in the NI category. Healthy Fitness Zone standards applied to the fitness areas are located on the CDE PFT Program Resources Web page at Program Resources - Physical Fitness Testing (PFT).

Explanation of table contents: Line 1 shows the percentage of students who scored in the NI–Health Risk for the Aerobic Capacity fitness area and the percentage point change from 2013 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2011. Line 2 shows the percentage of students who scored in the NI–Health Risk for the Body Composition fitness area and the percentage point change from 2013 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2011. A positive percent change indicates there are more students in the NI–Health Risk category. The desired results are a negative percentage point change indicating fewer students in the NI–Health Risk category.

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Table 4: 2013 Estimated Percentage of Grade Five, Seven, and Nine Students Number of Fitness Areas in the Healthy Fitness Zone1 (HFZ)

Number of Fitness Areas in the HFZ2

Number of Grade 5 Students3

Percent of Grade 5 Students in HFZ

Cumulative Percent of Grade 5 Students in HFZ4

Number of Grade 7 Students3

Percent of Grade 7 Students in HFZ

Cumulative Percent of Grade 7 Students in HFZ4

Number of Grade 9 Students3

Percent of Grade 9 Students in HFZ

Cumulative Percent of Grade 9 Students in HFZ4

6 of 6

114,060

25.5

25.5

144,880

32.4

32.4

160,881

36.5

36.5

5 of 6

103,485

23.1

48.6

102,606

22.9

55.3

101,580

23.0

59.5

4 of 6

88,604

19.8

68.4

84,895

19.0

74.3

82,361

18.7

78.2

3 of 6

68,235

15.2

83.6

61,781

13.8

88.1

53,450

12.1

90.3

2 of 6

45,818

10.2

93.8

35,448

7.9

96.0

27,482

6.2

96.5

1 of 6

22,177

5.0

98.8

14,176

3.2

99.2

11,095

2.5

99.0

0 of 6

5,240

1.2

100.0

3,531

0.8

100.0

4,146

0.9

99.9

Total Tested

447,619

N/A

N/A

447,317

N/A

N/A

440,995

N/A

N/A

1 Healthy Fitness Zone is a registered trademark of The Cooper Institute.

2 HFZ standards applied to the fitness areas are located on the CDE PFT Program Resources Web page at Program Resources - Physical Fitness Testing (PFT).

3 Includes partially tested students.

4 Percentages in columns may not add to 100 percent due to rounding.

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Table 5: Comparison of 2011, 2012, and 2013 Estimated Percentage of Grade Five, Seven, and Nine Students in Healthy Fitness Zone1,2 (HFZ) for 6 out of 6 Fitness Areas

Grade

2011

2012

2013

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2012

Percentage Point Change 2013 to 2011

Grade 5

25.2

25.4

25.5

0.1

0.3

Grade 7

32.1

31.9

32.4

0.5

0.3

Grade 9

36.8

36.5

36.5

0.0

-0.3

1 Healthy Fitness Zone is a registered trademark of The Cooper Institute.

2 HFZ standards applied to the fitness areas are located on the CDE PFT Program Resources Web page at Program Resources - Physical Fitness Testing (PFT).

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