What do the towns of Thompson, Preston, Windsor Locks and Chester, have in common? Less than 20 percent of fourth grade students in those communities meet the standard on all four physical fitness tests – the lowest percentages in the state. On the upper end of the spectrum, 100% of fourth grade students in only two towns – Union and Caanan – pass all four physical fitness tests, as do more than 80 percent of fourth graders in Cornwall, New Canaan and Sterling.
Overall, in only 23 communities did more than two-thirds the fourth grade students pass all four physical fitness tests, and in another 76 communities more than half (but less than two-thirds) of the students did so. In 67 communities, fewer than half of the fourth graders pass all four tests. The data, from 2010, was not available from 3 of Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities.
In 2009, only 29 cities and towns had more than half of their 4th graders pass all four physical fitness tests. In 2010 that number jumped to 99 towns.
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