(10/13/2005)
The West Virginia Board of Education has approved changes in their physical education policy.

School children will no longer have to take the President's Physical Fitness Challenge.

Students will participate in the Fitnessgram, a test that measures aerobic capacity, body composition, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility against set criteria.

The test will be given after the third grade.

A new law requires that children in kindergarten through fifth grade have at least 30 minutes of physical education three days a week.

The law also requires one class period every day for phys ed, a full semester in sixth through eighth grade.

Students in grades nine through 12 must have one credit in physical education and be offered one elective in lifetime physical education.


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