The following information was taken from the California Department of Education Physical Fitness Testing (PFT) site

"The 2023–24 physical fitness test (PFT) is to be administered between February 1 and May 31, 2024, in accordance with the 2021–22 changes noted below.

Administration and data reporting requirements of the PFT:

  • Administration
    • Body Composition component is no longer required
    • The reporting of student performance using the Healthy Fitness Zones are not required
  • Reporting
    • Schools are not required to collect or use height and weight, including body mass index, for data reporting
    • Schools are not required to collect or use gender for data reporting
    • Schools are not required to collect or use age for data reporting
    • Student participation (by component, by grade) shall be reported in the LEA’s annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC)"

The Physical Fitness Testing Setup page in Aeries allows the School or District to set up which Physical Fitness Tests will be taken for each Testing Administration.

These articles will provide information on the setup and population of multiple Physical Fitness Testing Administrations in a single year, selecting which tests to allow in each category, entering scores via various methods, reporting scores to the State, and loading results from the vendor.

A listing of the Physical Fitness Testing forms and reports can be displayed on one screen by filtering for fitness for Pages and for Reports in the navigation.  These screens are used to input, report and track results of physical fitness tests required by the state to be performed for grades 5, 7 and 9.  

Filter for 'fitness'


NOTE: The logic to auto-calculate VO2max has been disabled when Aerobic Capacity is flagged for PACER and the Test Date is on or after Nov 1, 2013. 


The VO2Max is a proprietary calculation for only the PACER. We are permitted to calculate the VO2Maxfor the Mile Run and the Walk Test. The auto-calculate of the VO2Max and the Recalculate VO2Max function were both updated to not calculate for the PACER tests. The auto-calculate of the VO2Max uses the Aerobic Capacity test that is flagged as either Mile Run (PFT.AC = 2) or Walk Test (PFT.AC = 3). 


*If the teachers (TeacherPFT.aspx) first enters a PACER score, it sets PFT.AC = 1 and VO2Max is not updated. Then if the teacher enters a Mile Run or Walk Test score, the system does not update the PFT.AC value because the PACER has been determined to be the "main" Aerobic Capacity test, so VO2Max is still not recalculated.


During the PFT Webinar held on January 25th, 2023, the California Department of Education (CDE) clarified certain aspects related to the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). Here are the key points:

Parental Reporting:

  • LEAs (Local Educational Agencies) are not mandated to provide PFT pass/not pass results or information about “Healthy Fitness Zones” to parents.
  • However, they must share the raw scores with the students.

Local Decision:

  • Whether or not to report PFT scores to parents is left to the discretion of each LEA.
  • It is considered an LEA’s local decision.

For further details, you can refer to item 6 under PFT Data in the CDE’s Physical Fitness FAQ page


In testing administrations prior to COVID the PFT data would be exported from Aeries and uploaded into the CDE PFT site where the pass/not pass statuses would be calculated by CDE. Once completed, CDE would then send a data file back to the districts with the pass/not pass statuses that LEAs would reimport into Aeries so that they could send reports to the parents. Since CDE is no longer collecting the raw score data they are not able to provide the pass/not pass results back to the LEAs.