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Should school physical fitness tests measure body fat?

California isn’t the only state to use the FitnessGram testing protocol. Alabama and West Virginia employ the test to measure students’ physical fitness levels, according to Shape America.

Shape America says fitness testing is valuable when appropriately integrated into curriculum, but that students’ results should not be used to grade them or to evaluate physical education teachers. The organization reminds educators testing is only part of physical education, and a limited amount of time should be spent on it.

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