Physical Fitness Test

What's the purpose of a fitness test?

The State Board of Education 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.

The California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) provides information that can be used by students to assess and plan personal fitness programs; by teachers to design the curriculum for physical education programs; and by parents and guardians to understand their children’s fitness levels. This program also provides results that are used to monitor changes in the physical fitness of California students.

Who has to take the test?

By law (California Education Code Section 60800), all school districts in California are required to administer the PFT annually to all students in grades five, seven, and nine. The test is administered over multiple days between February and May. You will receive additional information from your school about the specific dates and times of testing.

Do students with disabilities take the fitness test?

Students with disabilities will be given as much of the test as their condition permits. Most fitness areas have several options, which allows students with disabilities to participate.

What does the fitness test measure?

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

  • Aerobic Capacity

  • Body Composition

  • Abdominal Strength and Endurance

  • Trunk Extensor Strength and Endurance

  • Flexibility

  • Upper Body Strength and Endurance

How can I prepare my child for the fitness test?

You are an important part of your child's education. Some things you can do to help your child are:

  • Discuss the test and its purpose with your child, and ensure they are not scared or anxious.

  • Tell your child that you and the reacher have high expectations and are there to help every step of the way.

  • Make sure your child engages in 60 minutes of activity each day.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

  • Review the test results and help your child plan fitness activities to meet their goals.

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

What is the ELPAC?

The ELPAC test is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English Information from the ELPAC helps your child's teacher provide support in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

How does the ELPAC work?

The ELPAC has two parts. The Initial ELPAC is given to students if they have a primary language other than english within 30 days of when they first enroll in a CA school. The initial ELPAC is used to identify a student as either an English learner who needs support to learn English, or as fluent English proficient.

Identifying students who need help learning English is important so students can get the support they need to do well in school while receiving instruction in all school subjects.

The Summative ELPAC is given to students who are identified as English learners to measure their progress, and the results will tell the school if the student is ready to be reclassified as English proficient. Students who are English learners are given the Summative ELPAC every spring, between February and May, until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient. The Summative ELPAC is an untimed computer-based test. Students in K through grade two will continue to take the Writing portion of the test on paper. Students in K through grade two will be tested on a one-to-one basis.

Do students with disabilities take the ELPAC?

Yes, the ELPAC has been designed so students, including those with special needs, can participate in the test and show what they know and can do. As a result, the test includes accessibility resources that address visual, auditory, and physical access barriers—allowing virtually all students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

How can I help my child get ready for the ELPAC?

You are an important part of your child’s education. Some things you can do to help your child are: „

  • Read to your child, or have your child read to you, on a regular basis. „

  • Use pictures and ask your child to tell you what they see in the picture or what is happening in the picture. „

  • Provide your child with opportunities to use language outside of school. „

  • Talk with your child’s teacher about your child’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to help support your child’s progress.

How do I understand my scores?

In addition to report card grades and class tests, you can use the ELPAC score reports to better understand your child’s progress in learning English to start a conversation with your child’s teacher about how to even better support learning at home. Learn More about the ELPAC test and how to understand your scores HERE.

California Assessment of Students Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

Family and school partnerships are key to your child’s success. Given the disruptions to learning over the past year, it is more important than ever for you to have a complete picture of where your child is academically and how the pandemic impacted their learning. In addition to report card grades, class tests, and your own observations of your child’s learning over the past year, you can use score reports to better understand your child’s strengths and areas for improvement. Then, you can partner with teachers in the fall to co-create learning goals for the school year.

How do I understand my child's scores?

It is natural for every student to have academic strengths as well as areas where they may need more support and improvement. The tests your child takes are meant to measure the most important skills in each subject.

The CAASPP scores students in five areas. Click HERE to learn more and see a sample of a score report:

  • ELA & MATH




Test-Taking Tips for Parents and Students

Preparing a student for a Testing Session - For Parents

  1. Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test.

  2. Mark testing days days on your calendar to help remind you and your child when the testing will take place and plan your preparations.

  3. The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals which can make the student hyper and/or unfocused.

  4. Set aside time each night prior to the test for several weeks to review the concepts that will be covered.

  5. Work with teachers and administrators at your child's school to find materials to work on at home in preparation for the test.

  6. Make sure the student is on time (if not early) on the day of testing.

  7. Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping.

  8. If your child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them.

Working with students who are anxious about testing - for Parents

  1. Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.

  2. Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test.

  3. Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus on the mind during testing.

  4. Encourage your child to review the night before the test, but avoid cramming. Cramming is rarely if ever effective. A longer, more systematic schedule of short reviews will prepare the student better.

  5. Try to use positive language when talking about expectations of the test. Do not overinflate the student's expectations but also try to avoid negative working (e.g. replace "you are going to fail this test if you don't study" with "if you don't study you aren't going to pass this test.")

  6. Plan for a fun outing or treat for your child after the test has been completed.

  7. Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned rather than the consequences of not passing.