Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Achievement Gap in Fitness Test Results for Berkeley 5th and 7th graders

Thank you to Berkeleyside for their article today on the CA Fitness Test results for Berkeley. At the bottom of the article, they pull out the discrepancy in results for students who are economically disadvantaged compared to those who aren't, as well as the disparity along racial lines.

Here are two infographics to illustrate the results. Below, there is a description of the fitness standards and how they're scored.

"'Socioeconomically Disadvantaged' is defined as:
  • A student neither of whose parents have received a high school diploma.


  • A student who is eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program, also known as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)"
Source: CA Department of Education

What are the fitness standards and how are they scored?
"The California State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM® in 1996 as the required Physical Fitness Test that local educational agencies administer to students annually in grades five, seven, and nine. State law requires all public schools in California to report these results in their School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) and provide students with their individual results.
"The FITNESSGRAM® assesses six fitness areas: (1) aerobic capacity, (2) body composition, (3) abdominal strength, (4) trunk extensor strength, (5) upper body strength, and (6) flexibility. For aerobic capacity and body composition, students may be classified in the "Healthy Fitness Zone® (HFZ)," "Needs Improvement," or "Needs Improvement—High Risk." In the other four areas, students are classified more generally as either being in the HFZ or needing improvement."
Source: CA Department of Education

1 comment:

  1. Cool infographics -- I look forward to checking out the program you used to create them.