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PFT training Resources

The California Department of Education (CDE) provides resources on this site to familiarize and train new and experienced district and school Physical Fitness Test (PFT) coordinators, other district leads, and physical education teachers in the proper administration of the FITNESSGRAM® test protocols.

Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

Overview of the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT)

The State Board of Education (SBE) 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, whether or not they are enrolled in a physical education class.. These students include those enrolled in elementary, high, and unified school districts. School districts should also test all students in alternate programs, including, but not limited to, continuation schools, independent study, community day schools, and nonpublic schools. Students who are physically unable to take the entire test battery are to be given as much of the test as conditions 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. By law (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.

The FITNESSGRAM® is composed of the following six fitness areas, with a number of test options provided for most areas:

Aerobic Capacity
One-Mile Run
One -Mile Walk Test (only for ages 13 or older)

Abdominal Strength and Endurance

Upper Body Strength and Endurance
Modified Pull-Up

Body Composition
Body Mass Index

Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
Trunk Lift


Back-Saver Sit and Reach
Shoulder Stretch

The FITNESSGRAM® uses objective criteria to evaluate performance for each fitness area (e.g., body composition, abdominal strength, and endurance). The Cooper Institute established these criteria using current research and expert opinions. These criteria represent a level of fitness that offers some protection against the diseases associated with physical inactivity.


PFT Summary Results

Follow this link to view summary PFT results for a particular school.  At the next screen enter the name of the school and submit.

Healthy Fitness Zone Chart

The FITNESSGRAM® uses Healthy Fitness Zones (HFZs)  to evaluate fitness performance. These zones are criterion-referenced standards established by The Cooper Institute of Dallas, Texas, and represent minimum levels of fitness that offer protection against the diseases that result from sedentary living. The California Department of Education considers a student who meets or exceeds a HFZ as meeting the desired performance goal.

Questions & Answers - High School PE

Questions and Answers Regarding Exempting High School Students from Physical Education Courses and changes to these
exemptions due to Senate Bill 78 (effective July 1, 2007) and Senate Bill 601 (effective January 1, 2008).