Changing the Physical Fitness Test in Oakland Schools.

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The Physical Fitness Test is an exam taken Freshman and sophomore year in P.E, It is supposed to accurately assess one's fitness and then with that information determine whether they are required to take P.E. for more years; however, it forces body norms onto students while also being extremely inaccurate. In our survey of 99 students here at Oakland Tech in 2017, we found that not a single female said that the PFT accurately assessed their fitness, and one male said that it did. On the flip side 71% of female students said that the test was extremely inaccurate in assuming how fit they are, and 26% said that the test was not up to par. The issue here is that we choose to believe a test rather than a person, who has known their body for about 15 years, the students could assess themselves better with the knowledge of their genetics, and body composition. Furthermore, the PFT forces students who are said to be overweight by the inaccurate BMI test to run a faster mile time than their peers who are in the healthy fitness zone. This causes the students who fail the BMI and mile time to take it for another year, meaning that they are not allowed to take a curricular course that they may want to take.



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