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 30 minutes, depending on the time needed for the 1 mile run/walk.

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 exercises:

1. Aerobic Capacity: One Mile Run/Walk

2. Abdominal Strength: Curl-Up

3. Trunk Extensor and Flexibility: Trunk Lifts

4. Upper Body Strength and Flexibility: Push-up

5. Overall Flexibility: Shoulder Stretch

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