Barely Half of Connecticut Students Meet Minimum Standard of Physical Fitness

A one mile run. As many sit-ups, and push-ups, as you are able. Sit and reach for your toes. It’s the physical fitness test that students, from elementary through high school, have taken in some form for decades, not that Connecticut students are getting better at it. In 2018-19, in fact, just 52.9 percent of students statewide met or exceeded a minimum standard of physical fitness. Only one school district in southeastern Connecticut – Deep River – met the state’s target of 75 percent, with a score of 84.3 percent. Statewide just 12 other districts met the state standard. “That’s