The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment is given annually to all students in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10, consisting of a body composition assessment and four fitness component tests.
- Body Composition Test: Body Mass Index — BMI provides an indication of the appropriateness of a person’s weight relative to height. High BMI scores have been significantly correlated with cardiovascular disease in adults.
- Flexibility Test: Modified Sit and Reach — this test measures flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings, the objective is to reach a specified distance on the right and left sides. The lowest scoring leg will count as the overall score.
- Abdominal Strength and Endurance Test: Partial Curl-up — the objective of this test is to complete as many partial curl-ups as possible at a rhythmic pace.
- Upper Body Strength and Endurance Test: Right Angle Push-up — the objective of this test is to complete as many right angle push-ups as possible at a rhythmic pace.
- Cardiorespiratory Fitness Test: One-Mile Run/Walk — the objective of the test is to measure cardiorespiratory or aerobic endurance.
There are published norm standards for each fitness component, based on the student's age. These tables clearly show what the specific pass goal that is considered acceptable by the State of Connecticut. Use only the tables published by the State of Connecticut, as these may differ from other published tables derived from other groups.
There are two standards:
- The 'Health' Standard — by completing a test at the "health standard" or above, is considered by the State of Connecticut to be physically fit for that category.Health Level for each task is considered to be a challenging, yet attainable, standard for most students
- The 'Challenge' Standard — recognizes exceptional physical fitness in a specific area.
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