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THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                H.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE COLLABORATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, COUNTY
    DEPARTMENTS OF PARKS AND RECREATION, AND OTHER AGENCIES
    AND ORGANIZATIONS TO IMPROVE THE FITNESS AND PHYSICAL
    ACTIVITY OF HAWAII'S CHILDREN AND YOUTH.



 1        WHEREAS, during the 1992-1993 school year, the revised
 2   American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation,
 3   and Dance skill-related physical fitness performance test was
 4   administered to public school students in grades kindergarten
 5   to twelve to assist school personnel and the Department of
 6   Education in determining the extent to which the State's
 7   physical education program was successful in meeting one of its
 8   major objectives--physical fitness; and
 9   
10        WHEREAS, the findings from the physical fitness
11   performance test of students enrolled in physical education
12   were as follows:
13   
14        (1)  Of the 94,619 elementary students, only 22,679 or 24
15             percent scored at the national goal of 50 percent or
16             better on each test item;
17   
18        (2)  Of the 34,938 secondary students, only 8,447 or 24.2
19             percent of the students scored at the national goal
20             of 50 percent or better on each test item;
21   
22        (3)  Of the 129,557 elementary and secondary students,
23             only 31,126 or 24 percent scored at the national goal
24             of 50 percent or better on each test item;
25   
26        (4)  Male students substantially outperformed female
27             students, with 28.3 percent of male students and only
28             24.7 percent of female students scoring at the
29             national goal of 50 percent or better on each test
30             item; and

 
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 1        (5)  Students in the Honolulu departmental school district
 2             substantially outperformed students in the leeward
 3             departmental school district, with 27.5 percent of
 4             students in the Honolulu district and only 16.7
 5             percent of students in the leeward district scoring
 6             at the national goal of 50 percent or better on each
 7             test item;
 8   
 9        and
10   
11        WHEREAS, this report showed that the majority of Hawaii's
12   public school students scored below the desired level on the
13   physical fitness performance test; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, other reports also show increasing problems with
16   childhood obesity and cardiovascular issues related to
17   sedentary lifestyles; and
18   
19        WHEREAS, policymakers, educators, researchers, and
20   physicians must work together to resolve this problem or, as
21   adults, these children and youth will face increased health
22   care costs, reduced productivity in the workplace, and a
23   reduced quality of life; and
24   
25        WHEREAS, although there are no simple solutions to
26   resolving these problems, including the problems of inequity in
27   resources and lack of focus on physical education, the
28   preventive and developmental advantages of vigorous physical
29   activity are well-documented; and
30   
31        WHEREAS, research shows that physically active students
32   are healthier and better able to learn and perform in the
33   classroom; now, therefore,
34   
35        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
36   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
37   Representatives concurring, that the Department of Education,
38   the Department of Health, the University of Hawaii, the county
39   departments of parks and recreation, the Division of Parks and
40   Recreation of the County of Kauai, the Hawaii Recreation and
41   Parks Association, the Hawaii Alliance of Health, Physical
42   Education, Recreation, and Dance, the Hawaii Chapter of the
43   American Academy of Pediatricians, and other interested
44   agencies and organizations that serve children and youth, are
45   requested to develop standards and benchmarks for physical
46   fitness and physical activity which can be used as tools to
47   measure fitness of student and participants; and

 
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Education is
 2   requested to submit:
 3   
 4        (1)  The standards and benchmarks for physical education;
 5             and
 6   
 7        (2)  A schedule for periodic physical fitness assessments
 8             as designed by the Department of Education's
 9             Standards-Based Reform Strategic Plan for assessment
10             and accountability,
11   
12   to the Legislature not less than twenty days prior to the
13   convening of the Regular Session of 2001, or sooner; and
14   
15        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
16   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the
17   Board of Education, the Superintendent of Education, the
18   Director of Health, the Chairperson of the Board of Regents of
19   the University of Hawaii, the President of the University of
20   Hawaii, the directors of the county departments of parks and
21   recreation, the Administrator of the Division of Parks and
22   Recreation of the County of Kauai, the Hawaii Recreation and
23   Parks Association, the Hawaii Alliance of Health, Physical
24   Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the Hawaii Chapter of the
25   American Academy of Pediatricians.