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Program Overview 2009–10 California Physical Fitness Test California Physical Fitness Test California Education Code Section 60800 requires: Annual administration of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to all students statewide in grades five, seven, and nine.

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california physical fitness test
CaliforniaPhysical Fitness Test

California Education Code Section 60800requires:

  • Annual administration of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to all students statewide in grades five, seven, and nine.
  • School districts to administer the PFT between February 1 and May 31.

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  • The FITNESSGRAM ®:
  • Was designated by the State Board of Education as the PFT.
  • Was developed by The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas.
  • Has as its primary goal that students establish lifetime habits of regular physical activity.

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  • The FITNESSGRAM ® assesses three fitness components:
  • Aerobic capacity
  • Body composition
  • Muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility

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  • The fitness component of muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility is divided into four fitness areas:
  • Abdominal strength and endurance
  • Trunk extensor strength and flexibility
  • Upper body strength and endurance
  • Flexibility

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  • The test options for the fitness areas are:
  • Aerobic capacity
    • PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
    • One-Mile Run
    • Walk Test (only for ages thirteen or older)
  • Body composition
    • Skinfold Measurements
    • Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer
    • Body Mass Index

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  • The test options for the fitness areas are (continued):
  • Abdominal strength and endurance
    • Curl-Up
  • Trunk extensor strength and flexibility
    • Trunk Lift
  • Upper body strength and endurance
    • Push-Up • Flexed-Arm Hang
    • Modified Pull-Up

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  • The test options for the fitness areas are (continued):
  • Flexibility
    • Back-Saver Sit and Reach
    • Shoulder Stretch

Note: Descriptions of each test option are available in the “Reference Guide” found on the CDE PFT Overview Packet Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/overview.asp.

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  • Performance in each of the fitness areas is classified into two levels:
  • Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ)
  • Needs Improvement (i.e., not in the HFZ)

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  • Is the desired performance standard for each fitness area.
  • Represents a level of fitness that offers a degree of protection against diseases that result from physical inactivity.

The Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ):

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  • Individual and summary results are reported for each fitness area.
  • Reports of summary results are provided to the Governor and the Legislature and are made available on the CDE PFT Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/.

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  • Summary results are reported:
    • By percentage of students in the HFZ and percentage not in the HFZ (i.e., needs improvement) for each of the six fitness areas.
    • By percentage of students in the HFZ for 6 through 0 of 6 fitness areas.
    • By grade for total population, gender, and ethnicity at state, county, school district, and school levels.

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The PFT provides information that can be used:

  • By students to assess levels of health-related fitness and to plan personal fitness programs.
  • By teachers to design curriculum for physical education classes.
  • By parents and guardians to understand their students’ fitness levels.
  • By teachers and parents and guardians to monitor changes in the students’ fitness levels.

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