Purpose and Content The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the Physical Fitness Test (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.
Public school students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take the PFT (Education Code 60800), whether or not they are enrolled in a physical education class or participate in a block schedule. Students who are physically unable to take the entire test battery are to be given as much of the test as his or her condition will permit. (Education Code (EC) Section 60800 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 1041).
The 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.
For training and modules for PFT please , go to https://www.pftdata.org/training.aspxf
For FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zone Standards to to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/documents/pft14hfzstd.pdf
The FITNESSGRAM®is composed of the following six fitness areas, with a number of test options provided for most areas:
1. Aerobic Capacity
PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
Walk Test (only for ages 13 or older)
2. Abdominal Strength and Endurance
3. Upper Body Strength and Endurance
4. Body Composition
Body Mass Index
Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer
5. Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
Back-Saver Sit and Reach
NOTE: SFUSD testing window is February 1, 2016 - March 30, 2016.