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FITNESSGRAM

The FITNESSGRAM is the State of California mandated physical fitness assessment given to students in grades 5, 7, and 9. Results determine if a student falls within the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) for six individual tests as a measure of overall fitness. 

The battery of tests include:

  • Mile Run or PACER which tests for aerobic capacity
  • Push-Up, Curl-Up, Trunk Lift, and Back Saver Sit and Reach which tests for muscular strength, endurance and flexibility
  • Skinfold Measurement or Body Mass Index (BMI) which determines body composition (BMI is determined in a formula that represents a relationship between height and weight.)

A student who falls within the Healthy Fitness Zone for all six tests may be considered “fit overall.” The results can be used to develop an individual fitness plan for each individual student to maintain lifelong wellness.

SFUSD RESULTS 2015-16

The table below shows how SFUSD students in Grades 5, 7 and 9 fared under the 2010-11 through 2015-16 FITNESSGRAM testing.

Physical Fitness Area %
Grade 5
in
HFZ
%
Grade
5
Need Imp.
%
Grade 5
High Risk
%
Grade 7
in
HFZ
%
Grade
7
Need Imp.
%
Grade 7
High Risk
%
Grade 9
in
HFZ
%
Grade
9
Need Imp.
%
Grade 9
High Risk
Aerobic Capacity: 2015-16 71.0 23.3 5.7 72.3 21.0 6.7 62.7 28.6 8.7
  2014-15 69.4 26.4 4.2 69.6 24.5 7.9 65.5 22.2 12.3
  2013-14 70.5 26.2 3.3 65.8 25.7 8.5 63.5 26.2 10.3
  2012-13 68.5 25.1 6.4 67.7 23.6 8.7 65.7 24.4 9.9
  2011-12 65.4 28.9 5.7 69.1 23.2 8.4 65.5 25.0 9.5
  2010-11 64.2 29.8 6.0 66.5 25.1 8.4 63.9 26.3 9.8
Body Composition: 2015-16 62.7 22.4 14.9 70.0 16.8 13.2 65.1 23.2 11.7
  2014-15 64.8 22.4 12.8 66.9 19.8 13.6 67.0 19.3 13.7
  2013-14 63.4 22.0 14.6 66.4 20.0 13.6 67.0 19.4 13.6
  2012-13 55.7 16.2 28.1 60.2 16.9 22.9 62.6 16.8 20.6
  2011-12 55.9 15.5 28.6 61.1 16.2 22.7 62.0 17.2 20.8
  2010-11 53.4 16.7 29.9 61.3 15.6 23.1 61.4 18.9 19.7
Number of Physical Fitness Areas Meeting the Healthy Fitness Zone %
Grade 5
    %
Grade 7
    %
Grade 9
   
6 of 6 (Fit Overall): 2015-16 22.2     31.9     33.0    
  2014-15 24.3     32.3     35.6    
  2013-14 21.3     31.6     31.7    
  2012-13 21.2     33.2     33.0    
  2011-12 21.6     32.9     33.9    
  2010-11 20.3     30.4     34.8    

Number of students tested:

  • 2015-16: Grade 5—4,014; Grade 7—3,372; Grade 9—3,274
  • 2014-15: Grade 5—3,730; Grade 7—3,293; Grade 9—3,645
  • 2013-14: Grade 5—3,731; Grade 7—3,528; Grade 9—3,526
  • 2012-13: Grade 5—3,839; Grade 7—3,519; Grade 9—3,505
  • 2011-12: Grade 5—3,843; Grade 7—3,463; Grade 9—3,791
  • 2010-11: Grade 5—3,896; Grade 7—3,498; Grade 9—3,957

Additional information can be found at the California Department of Education Physical Fitness Test Web page.


NEW STANDARDS INTRODUCED in 2010-11

Beginning in the year 2010, new standards were incoporated into the testing structure in the Healthy Fitness Zone areas of body compostition and aerobic capacity. Learn more about these changes by following the links below.

Body Composition

Specific information about the Fitnessgram body composition Healthy Fitness Zone® standards

  • The previous HFZ for Percent Body Fat (%BF) were set at a consistent cut-off of ­25% for boys and a consistent cut-off of 32% for girls. The new standards now vary by both gender and age. These standards reflect the natural developmental trends for boys to gain muscle and girls to gain fat through adolescence as well as health risk. See the chart below.

     

     Boys

    Girls

     Previous %BF standards:

    25%

    32%

     New % BF standards:

    Varies by age
    18.9% - 22.3%

    Varies by age
    20.9% - 31.4%

Aerobic Capacity

Specific information about the Fitnessgram aerobic capacity Healthy Fitness Zone® standards

SFUSD RESULTS IN PREVIOUS YEARS

Note: These results were under the old standards for body composition and aerobic ability.

FITNESSGRAM

% Considered
Aerobically Fit

% Considered to be at a Healthy Weight *

% Considered
Fit Overall

SFUSD
Results
School Year
 Grade
5
09-10 
64.6
68.6
23.5
08-09 
65.8
71.8
23.8
07-08 
61.4
72
23.6
06-07 
61.4
71.2
25.7
05-06 
59.9
72.3
29.3
04-05 
63.7
71.9
30.3
03-04
57.4
69.3
26.3
Grade
7
09-10 
66.3
68.8
32.7
08-09 
66.7
70.3
34.7
07-08  
62.7
74.6
33.7
06-07 
65.4
70.7
34.2
05-06 
60.0
73.5
37.8
04-05 
65.5
74.4
40.8
03-04 
63.0
72.8
38.1
Grade
9
09-10 
67.6
74.1
35.5
08-09  
68.9
71.1
37.5
07-08
60.1
75.3
35
06-07 
54.2
73.4
32.1
05-06 
47.2
72.9
26.7
04-05 
49.3
73.9
29.0
03-04 
46.5
73.8
22.9

*Not underweight or overweight

For more information see the FITNESSGRAM section in Data & Statistics at Student Support Services or the following links.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

 

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