California Physical Fitness Test (PFT)


The Help Center provides answers to the frequently asked questions about the PFT including problems logging into the District Portal, retrieving your password, and properly preparing the PFT data for submission by the June 30 deadline.
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Questions and Answers

For answers to questions not listed here and access to other important information and resources, download the PFT Coordinator Manual available on the PFT Resources page.

Contacts

Whom should I contact with questions about Physical Fitness Test (PFT) data submission or passwords?

If you forgot your PFT password, you may request it be resent to the PFT Coordinator by selecting the Forgot Your Password? link on the District Portal box of the California PFT Web site. For other questions about PFT passwords or the data submission process, contact the state contractor, the San Joaquin County Office of Education PFT Help Desk (preferred) or by phone at 888-852-9681. (Please Note: Passwords cannot be provided by phone so please Email the PFT Help Desk for ALL password requests.)

Whom should I contact with questions about Physical Fitness Test (PFT) test administration or policies?

For PFT administration or policy questions, contact the California Department of Education High School and Physical Fitness Assessment Office by e-mail at pft@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-445-9449.

Whom should I contact with questions about physical education programs and curricula?

For questions about physical education programs and curricula, contact Michael Lee, Education Program Consultant at the California Department of Education. Michael can be reached by phone at 916-323-5798 or by e-mail at mlee@cde.ca.gov.

Login and Passwords

We are a new local educational agency (LEA). How do we obtain a password to log on to the District Portal?

A new LEA must submit a coordinator designation form to obtain a password. This form is found on the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Web site on the lower left-hand side of the screen. Here you will find a link to the current year PFT Coordinator Designation form. Select this link and then enter the County Code, District Code, and Charter Number for your LEA. Select the Search button. On the next screen, review and complete the information required on the designation form. When you are done, select the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page. A link to the information submitted on the form is then e-mailed to the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator for approval. Once the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator approves the coordinator designation information, your login information, including a password, will be e-mailed to the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator, PFT Coordinator, and Alternate PFT Coordinator (if one has been provided).

How can I find the County Code, District Code, and Charter Number needed to complete the coordinator designation form and log on to the District Portal?

If you forgot your County and District Code you can look up this information on the CDE California School Directory Web page. The four-digit Charter Number for an independent charter school can also be found on the CDE California School Directory Web page or on the CDE Charter School Database. School districts and county offices of education use four zeros (i.e., “0000”) for the Charter Number.

How can I retrieve my password to log on to the District Portal?

If you are missing your Physical Fitness Test (PFT) password, go to the California PFT Web site. Here you will find a blue Forgot Your Password? link in the District Portal box, which is on the lower right-hand side of the screen. Select this link and fill in the County Code, District Code, and Charter Number for your local educational agency (LEA). (School districts and county offices of education use four zeros [i.e., “0000”] for the Charter Number.) Next, select the link to request a password. The password and login information will be sent to the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator, PFT Coordinator, and Alternate PFT Coordinator listed on the designation form for your LEA.

How do we update the contact information for our local educational agency (LEA) and obtain login information for the secure District Portal of the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Web page if we have a change in Superintendent or Charter School Administrator, PFT Coordinator, or Alternate PFT Coordinator for our LEA?

If you have a change in any of your coordinator designation form information, you must resubmit a new coordinator designation form. This form is found on the California PFT Web site on the lower left-hand side of the screen. Here you will find a link to the current year PFT Coordinator Designation form. Select this link and then enter the County Code, District Code, and Charter Number for your LEA. Select the Search button. On the next screen enter the current password for your LEA and select the Login button. Update the information to complete the new designation form. When you are done, select the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page. The new information will be e-mailed to the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator for approval. Once the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator approves the new coordinator designation information, the new login information, including a password, will be e-mailed to the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator, PFT Coordinator, and Alternate PFT Coordinator (if one has been provided).

Our local educational agency (LEA) has an Interim Superintendent or Charter School Administrator who is not indicated on the California School Directory. What do we need to do to submit our Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Coordinator Designation form and ensure the PFT password is not deactivated?

The Superintendent or Charter School Administrator provided on the online PFT Coordinator designation form must match the Superintendent or Charter School Administrator for the LEA, as identified on the California Department of Education California School Directory Web page. If the information does not match, even for interim superintendents and charter school administrators, the password will be deactivated until the LEA updates this information on the California School Directory. Once the interim position is finalized, this information will need to be updated again on the California School Directory, and you will need to resubmit the online PFT coordinator designation form.

Data Collection

Are local educational agencies (LEAs) required to use scannable forms for collecting and recording student Physical Fitness Test (PFT) results?

Scannable forms are not required for the administration of the PFT. LEAs may purchase these materials and related services from vendors. The PFT Resources document includes a list of vendors and is located under PFT Assistance for Local Educational Agencies on the CDE PFT Program Resources Web page. A sample student data collection form is also available for collecting and recording student PFT results. This form can be downloaded from the PFT Resources Web page.

Where can we purchase the manual and compact disc (CD) needed for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) administration?

The FITNESSGRAM Test Administration Manual, which can be purchased from US Games, includes a CD for the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER), as well as cadences for the Curl-Up and Push-Up. To order the manual and CD, go to FITNESSGRAM Manual or contact US Games by phone at 1-800-327-0484. At a minimum, the local educational agency should purchase one copy of the manual for each school that administers the PFT.

Where should the local educational agencies (LEAs) send the data from the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) administration?

The LEAs are only required to submit participation percentages for each component, by grade, to the School Accountability Report Card (SARC).

What is the timeline for submitting the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) data?

Participation data needs to be submitted to the SARC by February 1 of the following year.

Reporting and Using Results

When can parents and guardians expect to receive their children’s score reports?

Students must be provided with their individual results, either orally or in writing, upon completion of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) (California Education Code Section 60800). Although not legally required, local educational agencies (LEAs) may choose to send their own PFT participation data to parents and guardians. Parents and guardians should be advised to check with their LEA to determine if and when PFT participation data will be sent home.

Are the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) results included on the School Accountability Report Card (SARC)?

For the 2021-22 PFT Administration, schools are to submit participation rates by component, by grade, to the SARC (California Education Code Section 60800). The SARC Preparation Guide for Public Schools, which is available on the California Department of Education SARC web page, contains a sample table for the physical fitness data.