SUSD Physical Fitness Test





    In compliance with the recently approved changes to the PFT, we will:

    • Not be collecting height or weight information (eliminating the BMI portion of the PFT)
    • Give only raw scores to students, not Healthy Fitness Zones
    • Reporting participation information only (in Illuminate)

  • Latest State Updates

    - PFT required for the 2021-22 school year-

    For state information, please visit the CDE PFT Webpage

    Sent on August 6, 2021 through the CDE Assessment Updates: "The 2021-22 Physical Fitness Test (PFT) has not been suspended. Local educational agencies (LEAs) will be required to administer the PFT during one of these months in 2022: February, March, April, or May. The CDE, along with external partners, is working to prepare additional instructions on the PFT. More information and instructions will be provided as they become available.

    The 2019-20 and 2020-21 PFTs were suspended; makeup testing is not required. The PFT exemptions for students who did not take the test in grade nine (those current tenth and eleventh grade students) are limited to those exemptions identified in Education Code sections 51241 and 51242. An exemption based on pupil satisfactorily meeting five or the six standards of PFT is not available for these particular students."

Physical Fitness Test Overview


    What is the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)?

    The California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery of tests for students in grades 5, 7, and 9.

    This test is in accordance with California Education Code Section 60800 and the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 1041.


    How is the PFT assessed?

    The State Board of Education (SBE) designated the FITNESSGRAM as the assessment for the PFT.


    What is the FITNESSGRAM?

    The FITNESSGRAM was developed by the Cooper Institute to measure student fitness level.

    It is designed to assess three main categories of fitness: Aerobic Capacity, Body Composition, and Muscular Skeletal Fitness.

    These categories are further broken down to six fitness zones:

    1. Aerobic Capacity
    2. Body Composition
    3. Abdominal Strength and Endurance
    4. Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility
    5. Upper Body Strength and Endurance
    6. Flexibility


    To find out more, visit the Cooper Institute FITNESSGRAM website at

SUSD Physical Fitness Tests

PFT Notes


    Height and Weight Measurements

    In accordance with the CDE for the Spring 2022 administration, we will not be taking height and weight measurements.

PFT Documents

PFT Official State Results

  • The California Department of Education (CDE) collects the physical fitness test results and provides aggregate results to the school districts and public. Results are provided to and included in the following:

    • The Governor of California and the California Legislature.
    • Students and parents, by the Educational Research and Accountability Department
    • Each school's annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC).

    Results are posted on the CDE's Dataquest website: Dataquest


  • Chandra Cooper
    Senior Research Analyst

    Research Department
    (209) 933-7105 ext. 2210

Last Modified on January 28, 2022