GLENDALE — Ninth-graders in Glendale and Burbank schools improved their scores on state physical fitness exams, according to figures released Monday.
About 82% of Glendale freshmen reached five of six state standards for fitness last school year, an increase from 80.7% in 2007-08, according to the California Department of Education.
The exams test students’ aerobic capability, body mass, flexibility, abdominal strength, upper-body muscles and trunk extensions, or stomach-down sit-ups.
Exams are given to all fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in all California public schools.
Glendale fifth-graders improved their scores to 81.9 out of 100 in 2008-09, up more than two points from 2007-08. But seventh-graders retreated from 60.8% of students reaching five out of six fitness goals in 2007-08 to 59.3% for 2008-09, the figures show.