Physical Fitness Testing
On September 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 820. SB 820 prescribes that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to comply with state and local health guidelines, the administration of the physical performance test shall be suspended for the 2020–21 school year.
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When is the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) given?
Why is physical fitness important?
Physical fitness has been shown to help children handle stress and control weight; build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints; increase self-esteem and the capacity for learning; and strengthen peer relationships.
What is done to assist students with disabilities on the PFT?
Certain variations or accommodations may be provided for students with disabilities who need special assistance on the PFT. Variations or accommodations should be specified in the student’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. The Matrix of Test Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications for Administration of California Statewide Assessments provides a list of the types of variations and accommodations that are available for the PFT.
How can parents and guardians best prepare their students for the test?
To help students prepare for the test, parents, and guardians can be positive role models and encourage family physical activities. For more information, click here.
When can parents and guardians expect to receive their students’ PFT results?
Students who participate in the PFT will be given scores approximately 6 weeks after the testing window closes.
How do school districts and schools use the PFT results?
The PFT results are designed to be used in several ways. Schools can use the results to determine the fitness levels of their students and provide direction for physical education programs. Students also can be encouraged to use the results to develop a fitness program of maintenance or improvement. Parents and guardians can use the results to help their students plan fitness activities that meet their individual needs. School districts and schools should also use the results to monitor the fitness status of students in grades five, seven, and nine.
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