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9th grade Fitness Testing (PFT/Fitnessgram)

Physical Fitness Test (PFT) SPHS administers the state-designated PFT to all students in grade 9. Students are required to pass 5 out of 6 areas in order to pass the test. If high school students do not pass the test, they are required to stay enrolled in physical education until they pass. Each semester a PFT retest is given during a late start day. Students can retake the remaining test or tests to complete 5 out of 6 requirements. 

Since 1996, California Education Code (EC) Section 60800 has required that each local educational agency (LEA) administer a state-designated physical fitness test (PFT) to all students in grades five, seven, and nine. The test designated for this purpose by the State Board of Education is the Fitnessgram. The Fitnessgram, developed by the Cooper Institute, provides criterion-referenced standards to evaluate fitness. These standards represent minimum levels of fitness known to be associated with those health and physical characteristics that offer protection against diseases resulting from physical inactivity. Achievement of the fitness standards is based upon a score falling in the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) for each of the six fitness areas. The HFZ represents minimal levels of satisfactory achievement on the tasks. The goal is for students to achieve the HFZ for all six fitness areas of the physical fitness test.


Testing occurs through out semester and school year. Various fitness tests for each category are administered and practiced through out semester and school year. Official scores are typically recorded during Mid-Spring semester.