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Why kids take physical fitness tests at school

Why kids take physical fitness tests at school

Remember that test you had to take in fifth grade, when you stretched your legs under a table and your arms over it, reaching as far as possible?

Yeah, kids are still doing a version of that.

It’s called the “back-saver sit and reach,” and it’s part of the annual physical fitness test the state administers to students to test whether children are healthy enough or need improvement in the areas of aerobic capacity, muscle and skeletal function and body composition. 

The back-saver sit and reach is an optional item in the six-part test, meant

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