By Richard Bammer
Kairos fifth- and seventh-graders, in the Vacaville K-8 school’s first year of being tested, far exceeded state averages in physical fitness, results from a California Department of Education report indicate.
Released late last year, the report noted that the percentage of public school students who met the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) performance standards in all six areas declined somewhat but mostly remained stable this year, according to data from the 2014-15 physical fitness test. The zone is a state benchmark of fitness that offers “protection against diseases resulting from sedentary living,” among them obesity and diabetes, Pam Slater, a CDE spokeswoman, said in a press release.
At the Elm Street campus — a independent charter school and, thus, essentially a stand-alone school district — more than 100 fifth- and seventh-graders surpassed the state averages in aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension strength, upper body strength, and flexibility. The tests were given over a series of days in spring 2015.