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California may pause student fitness tests due to bullying

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 11:01:34-05

(AP) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students over concerns with bullying and discrimination.

The move also comes after annual test results show a growing percentage of students scoring unhealthy. Scores have particularly dropped in the category that tests students with a one-mile run or by other methods.

In the last five years, the percentage of fifth graders scoring healthy in the aerobic category has dropped by 3.3 percentage points.

Officials say the state has received complaints that the current examination's measurement of body mass index is discriminatory to non-binary students because it requires them to select "male" or "female."