Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
The California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) provides information that can be used by (1) students to assess and plan personal fitness programs;
(2) teachers to design the curriculum for physical education programs; and (3) parents and guardians to understand their children’s fitness
levels. This program also provides results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of California students. By law (California Education Code Section 60800), all school districts in California are required to administer the PFT annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine whether or not they are enrolled in a physical education class or participate in a block schedule. Students who are physically unable to participate in the entire PFT should complete as many of the tests as possible. The designated testing window for administering the PFT is February 1 through May 1.
The State Board of Education (SBE) designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the PFT for students in California public schools. The FITNESSGRAM® is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.
The FITNESSGRAM® is composed of the following six fitness areas:
- Aerobic Capacity
- Body Composition
- Abdominal Strength and Endurance
- Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
- Upper Body Strength and Endurance
Parents or guardians who wish more information about the PFT or their student’s results on the PFT, should contact their student’s teacher and/or school office.
This page was last updated on March 3, 2014.