California High School Students Could Face More P.E. Classes

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA -- High school freshmen in many California districts must pass five of six fitness exams or face the possibility of extra years in physical education classes, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

The legislation written by state Sen. Tom Torlakson and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger went into effect this school year. Each year that students continue to fail two or more tests results in another year of physical education class.

The testing does not affect students’ ability to graduate, Torlakson told the newspaper. Ninth-graders who pass five of six tests still must take another year of P.E., but in many districts, they will have a choice of which year they enroll. California school districts typically require two years of P.E. to graduate, the newspaper reported, but not all districts have to comply with the legislation because of differences in the way they exempt certain students from physical education.

The six areas of fitness that are tested are aerobic capacity, body fat measurements, abdominal strength and endurance, trunk strength and flexibility, upper body strength and endurance, and overall flexibility.

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