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 (EC Section 60800), all school districts in California are required to administer the PFT annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine. Tests are typically administered during the months of February through May.

 

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, with a number of test options provided for most areas:

  1. Aerobic Capacity
  2. Abdominal Strength and Endurance
  3. Upper Body Strength and Endurance
  4. Body Composition
  5. Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
  6. Flexibility

 

Summary results of the PFT can be found in the annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

Resource link: California Department of Education