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Physical Fitness Test Resources

Reference resources for administrators of the California Physical Fitness Test program.
Resources California Physical Fitness Test

PFT Web Page

The California Department of Education (CDE) provides information about the PFT required to be administered to students in grades five, seven, and nine, and information regarding high school physical education exemptions.

  • High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office
    Phone: 916-445-9449

The CDE's PFT Web page provides a list of links to Web pages containing information about the California PFT administration and results.

CDE's PFT Web page

PFT Coordinator Manual

This manual includes information and resources for PFT coordinators to prepare for, coordinate, and carry out the administration of the PFT. It includes a sample data collection form and the student data file layout.

2013-14 PFT Coordinator Manual External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

PFT Reference Guide

This guide is designed to assist staff in becoming familiar with the California PFT. It includes details of the fitness areas, the data collection requirements, the equations and conversion table used for estimating Aerobic Capacity and Body Composition, the performance standards, and suggestions for facilitating the administration of the different test options.

2013-14 PFT Reference Guide External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

California PFT District Portal

This secure portal for PFT coordinators (i.e., requires a password to log in) provides access to the data submission and correction tools as well as to downloadable student scored data files, individual student reports, and summary reports for the current and prior years.

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Healthy Fitness Zones 1 (Performance Standards) Charts

The FITNESSGRAM 1 uses Healthy Fitness Zones to evaluate fitness performance. These zones are criterion-referenced standards established by The Cooper Institute of Dallas, Texas and represent the minimum levels of fitness that offer protection against the diseases that result from sedentary living. Charts displayed are from 1999 through the current school year. The "Documentation of Changes in FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zones" records any changes to the standards since 1999.

FITNESSGRAM: Healthy Fitness Zone Charts

PFT Training Resources

This Web page includes training modules to assist PFT coordinators with submitting and correcting PFT data. Also available are video clips that demonstrate how to administer FITNESSGRAM tests using California's testing protocol (i.e., employee of the district administering and recording the scores).

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DataQuest (Internet Tool)

The CDE makes available PFT summary reports for the state, counties, school districts, and schools. Results are also available by gender and race/ethnicity.

DataQuest Web site

Prior Year Physical Fitness Data

The CDE provides access to news releases and data reports for prior years (2003-2013).

PFT Prior Year Information

(Human Kinetics)

Resources available through this Web site include a variety of products in support of the PFT, including the FITNESSGRAM Test Administration Manual, and FITNESSGRAM software packages and updates.


The Cooper Institute

The Cooper Institute developed the FITNESSGRAM. Their Web site includes technical information about the FITNESSGRAM assessments and performance standards, which is available in the Reference Guide.

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Professional Learning Support Division

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Office

The CDE provides information for improving student academic achievement of content standards by communicating policy and expectations and providing Web resources to help school districts and schools develop quality physical education programs.

  • Michael Lee, Education Programs Consultant
    Phone: 916-323-5798

CDE's Physical Education Web page

Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools

The Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, represents the essential knowledge and skills that all students need to maintain a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

Physical Education Model Content Standards (PDF)

Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools

The Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve describes a sequential, developmental, age-appropriate physical education program designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability needed to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.

Curriculum Framework - Physical Education

1 The FITNESSGRAM® and Healthy Fitness Zones (HFZ)® are registered trademarks of The Cooper Institute.

Resources Vendor Services and Systems
PFT Vendors

The CDE is aware of the following vendors that provide PFT data collection and reporting services.

  • Adrylan Communications, Inc. (EADMS)
    Contact: Anthony Tooley
    Phone: 951-506-3593
  • Eagle Software (Aeries)
    Contact: Sylvia Nishimoto
    Phone: 888-487-7555
  • Educational Data Systems
    Contact: Maryse Doss
    Phone: 800-532-4424
  • Online Assessment and Reporting System (OARS-Red School House)
    Contact: Axel Shalson
    Phone: 323-661-3600

Alternate format: 2014 PFT Resource List (PDF)

Questions:   High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office | | 916-445-9449
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 9, 2015

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