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Physical Fitness Test

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The statewide physical fitness testing program was first authorized in 1976 and reestablished in 1995 as part of the California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act (Assembly Bill [AB] 265 which added EC Section 60800). In February 1996, the SBE designated FITNESSGRAM® as the required physical fitness test that school district shall administer to California students in grade five, seven and nine.

Physical Fitness Pre and Post Testing Dates


March 7th, 2011 - March 11th, 2011

Data Due Date: March 19th, 2011



May 23rd, 2011- May 27, 2011

Data Due Date: June 3d, 2011

California Physical Fitness Test

The State Board of Education (SBE) designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the 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.

Testing Areas

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

Aerobic Capacity

  • PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)
  • One-Mile Run
  • Walk Test (only for ages 13 or older)

Abdominal Strength and Endurance

  • Curl-Up

Upper Body Strength and Endurance

  • Push-Up
  • Modified Pull-Up
  • Flexed-Arm Hang

Body Composition

  • Skinfold Measurements
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bioelectric Impedance Analyzer

Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility

  • Trunk Lift


  • Back-Saver Sit and Reach
  • Shoulder Stretc