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Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

Physical Fitness Testing Information

  • The Physical Fitness Test is a state-mandated test to be administered to 5th, 7th & 9th grade students annually in California public schools, including charter schools.
  • The California Education Code mandates physical education for all students in grades one through nine, plus one additional year in high school. A recent study conducted by the California Department of Education (CDE) show a distinct relationship between academic achievement and the physical fitness of California’s public school students. This statewide study provides compelling evidence that the physical well-being of students has a direct impact on their ability to achieve academically.
  • Students who are physically unable to take all elements of the test are expected to take as many as their condition permits.
  • This test only applies to students in Grades 5, 7, and 9.
  • The estimated time for completing the test is 90 minutes.

Description of the Test: Physical Fitness consists of three components:

1.     aerobic capacity

2.     body composition

3.     muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility

To comply , we will be assessing the following six exercises:

1.  Body Composition: Body Mass Index (BMI)

2.  Aerobic Capacity: Mile Run/Walk 

3. Abdominal Strength:  Curl-Up

4.  Trunk Extensor and Flexibility: Trunk Lifts

5.  Upper Body Strength and Flexibility: Push-up

6.  Overall Flexibility: Shoulder Stretch