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Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FITNESSGRAM®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting life-long habits of regular physical activity.

Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test. The test has six parts that show a level of fitness that offer a degree of defense against diseases that come from inactivity. The test results can be used by students, teachers, and parents.

  • For more information about the PFT, contact your local school district.
  • The PFT - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with the PFT.

Program Overview

PFT Testing Schedule
Testing window and data submission deadline dates.

Physical Education (PE) Exemptions
Information about exempting high school students from PE courses due to Senate Bills (SB) 78, 601, and 602, which has changed California Education Code (EC) Section 51241.

PFT Results
PFT results for 2012–13 and prior years are available.

Administrative Documents
Provides information about statutes pertaining to the PFT, standards used to score PFT, and materials helpful to PFT Coordinators.

Program Resources
Provides information for Physical Fitness Test (PFT) coordinators and administrators.

Additional Resources
Additional resources for the Physical Fitness Test, including links to the Cooper Institute, San Joaquin County Office of Education, and Human Kinetics.

Prior Year's Information
Includes prior year's News Releases and Reports to the Governor and Legislature from 2003–2011.

Questions:   High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office | pft@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9449
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