This lesson is designed to answer and review some of the questions, usage, how-to, and help to provide implementation support for the Physical Fitness Test Assessment Tool!
California Physical Fitness Test (PF) Videos and Resources
Visit https://pftdata.org/training.aspx to obtain amazing videos provided by CDE.
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 PFT is a requirement for students in grades 5, 7, and 9, on collecting data on various categories of Physical Fitness. The data collected determines a Healthy Zone by student, by site, and by District/LEA.
This particular assessment tool is for California clients only and cannot be installed into sites outside of Calfiornia.
State Assessment data typically is submitted by the end of June.
- For 17-18: Results need to be submitted by June 30.
State Assessment data typically is returned the following Fall.
- For 17-18: It is estimated to be delivered to you by the state by the end of October 2018.
The tool can be used to conduct a school-wide or district wide initiative and all grades can be administered this test.
Only the grades 5, 7, and 9 would be part of the extract to the state.
No. The state requires only 1 activity to be entered within each Category.
For example, Within Aerobic Capacity, each student must have results in only 1 activity for successful submission:
- One-Mile Run
- 20m Pacer
While you may in the window collect and conduct all results, prior to submission, only 1 score will need to be entered for each student in each category. This is to the specification to the state. Typically staff choose the student's best activity in each category and remove the activities that will not be reported.
Basic Assessment permissions users already should receive. The assessment is shared and housed within Assessments, even for clients who do not use Data and Assessment. Discuss appropriate permissions with your Implementation Manager.
Your System Admin or Assessment Admin needs to request the assessment from your Illuminate Implementation Manager or Support. The assessment will then be shared to the users who manage and share out assessments to your organization.
Categories group the various physical activities together:
- Height and Weight
- Aerobic Capacity
- Body Composition
- Abdominal Strength
- Trunk Extensor Strength
- Upper Body Strength
Not at this time. While it is an assessment, it is not the same type of assessment that displays in the Student Profile widget.
When State Assessment data iimported, it does not reflect in the State Assessment widgets available at this time.
No, it does not reflect on the Assessments widget and therefore does not at this time reflect in the portal.
Student Responses (Entering Data)
The window of testing is from February through May. If a student truly has not been administered the assessment, there should be no administeration date or scores for any category.
This will prevent them from being included in the extract.
You can use your mouse to click and enter scores as appropriate or your keyboard to quickly tab to navigate left and right.
You cannot use the arrow keys. Some fields have multi-select criteria so arrows won’t work with that.
Scanning is not available for entering or recording student results.
Before submission, each student needs to be reviewed. In EACH category, only the BEST score should remain and all other scores are to be removed. This is what is submitted to the state.
Reports like the Data Review can help with this
Reports (Prebuilt & Custom)
Your System Admin or Assessment Admin needs to request the reports from your Illuminate Implementation Manager or Support. The reports will then be shared to the users who manage and share out reports to your organization.
Yes! The moment the results are saved, the assessment reports reflect the assessment data.
You bet! Actually, prebuilt reports and PFT measures are following age guidelines, not grade levels. The reports will display data according to guidelines as young as age 10.
To can visit PFT Standards for more details.
Yes! The asssessment results are available for custom reports, similar to how assessment data is stored and available.
When adding columns, choose the following:
- Type: State Assessments
- Categories: “PFT 20XX-20XX Illuminate Reporting”
- Columns: Pretty much everything, too much to list.
Learn more at PFT Data Review (Reports).
If they have installed PFT State Assessment results, the metadata should have been installed automatically, similar to other state assessments.
If not, you will need to install the meta-data:
- “PFT 2016-2017 Illuminate Reporting”
- “PFT 2017-2018 Illuminate Reporting”
Then make sure to share the data as appropriate to the System Admin.
Learn more at PFT Data Review (Reports).
The PFT Admin will also need the Reports permission “Generate State Reporting Data Extracts” in order to generate the results file to submit to the state. Visit Add or Edit Permissions for guidance.
- Great question! First, get the teachers to administer the test.
- Then, those with permission can review, validate, and create the state-required file.
- The file can be submitted to the state from just a few clicks within Illuminate!
Learn more in Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Data Extract .
Absolutely! Illuminate can be used on your device's browser by simply typing in the web address and accessing your account.
It is best practice to filter by category and student when using a smart device.