Catherine M. McGee Middle School
PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING  
Connecticut's Physical Fitness Assessment
Physical fitness is an important component of Connecticut's overall educational program goals. It is expected that by the end of Grade 12 students will recognize the importance of and choose to participate regularly in physical activities designed to maintain and enhance healthy lifestyles. The Connecticut Physical Fitness Assessment (CPFA) is evidence of a commitment to the physical development of Connecticut's students, as well as a commitment to focusing on outcomes and specific performance objectives. Physical fitness should be a result of the balance of activities that are provided in the physical education programs at school and continued by the family and in other community activities. This assessment should not be the focus of the entire physical education curriculum or program. The assessment should be a part of the ongoing process of helping children understand and improve and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.
Who participates in the Connecticut Fitness Test?
All students in grades 6, 7, & 8 must take the physical fitness test. Only students with an excused doctors note will be exempt from the tests.

Who will administer the test items?
A physical educator trained in the CPFA test administration must conduct the test.

When will the testing occur?
The seven-week testing period begins the last week of September and continues through the second week of November.

How did I do on the test?
All tests are measured based on students age and gender. Please see scoring for each test, as scoring varies.
What is The Health Level?
Students who perform at this level demonstrate a healthy level of fitness-related skills for their age. Generally, students who score in this range engage in physical activities two or more times each week and may be at a reduced risk for certain injuries and diseases that are related to a sedentary lifestyle. The Health Level for each task is considered to be a challenging, yet attainable, standard for most students.

What is The Challenge Level?
Students who perform at this level demonstrate exceptional fitness-related skills for their age. Generally, students who score in this range engage in rigorous physical activities several times per week and may be at a reduced risk for certain injuries and diseases that are related to a sedentary lifestyle. Students who perform in this range may be motivated to achieve and maintain a high level of fitness.
 
Fitness Tests and Standards
 
 
Partial Curl-Ups

Test Objective and Rationale
The partial curl-up measures abdominal strength and endurance. Abdominal fitness is important to good health because low levels are associated with bad posture and lower back pain in later years.

Test Description
Starting Position
* Lie on back with the knees flexed and the feet 12 inches from the buttocks.
* Feet cannot be held or rest against an object.
* The arms are extended and are resting on the thighs
* The head is in a neutral position. Keep the chin a fist's distance from the chest.

Test Performance
The correct curl-up is performed to a pace of one complete curl-up every three seconds (1.5 seconds up and 1.5 seconds down, with no hesitation). The student's shoulders should come off the mat 2 inches. There is no pause in the up or down position. The curl-ups should be continuous, with the abdominal muscles engaged throughout the assessment. The movement is slow and controlled.

Scoring
Record the total number of correctly performed curl-ups within the time limit.

Incorrect curl-up performance include:
not raising shoulders up two inches;
head touching mat;
heels com off the mat;
being off cadence.

The test is terminated when the student has any two misses.

Partial Curl-Ups
Standards
Boys
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
22
48
11
25
51
12
28
55
13
30
59
14
32
63
15
34
66
Girls
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
22
46
11
24
49
12
26
52
13
28
55
14
30
58
15
32
60
 
 
Modified Sit and Reach
Test Objective and Rationale
The objective of this test is to measure flexibility of the lower back and hamstrings. The modified sit and reach test causes less forward rotation of the pelvis, which reduces disc compression in the lower back.

Test Description
Starting Position
* The student faces box with shoes off.
* The foot line is 23 cm, with the zero end of the measuring device closest to the student.
* One leg is extended, with the foot placed flat against the end of the box. The other knee bent, with the sole of the foot placed against the medial side (inside) of the opposite knee.
* The knee of the extended leg should remain straight and the hips must remain square to the box.

Test Performance
* The student extends the arms, one hand on top of the other so that the fingertips are even, and reaches forward along the measuring scale, holding the position for one second.
* The procedure is repeated two additional times.
* The procedure is then repeated for the other leg.

Scoring
Record the furthest distance to the nearest centimeter reached for both the right and left leg. The lowest scoring leg will count as your overall score.
Modified Sit and Reach
Standards
Boys
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
25
33
11
25
33
12
25
33
13
25
33
14
25
34
15
26
36
Girls
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
26
37
11
26
37
12
26
38
13
27
39
14
27
41
15
27
43
 
 
Right Angle Push-Ups

Test Objective and Rationale
The objective of this test is to measure upper-body strength and endurance. The right-angle push-up is recommended as a test of upper-body strength and endurance. Muscle fitness is required for people of all ages in order to perform daily living and recreational activities with vigor and undue fatigue.

Test Description
Starting Position
The student assumes the prone position (face down).
* hands laced slightly wider than shoulder width with fingers stretched out.
* legs straight and parallel
* feet cannot be resting against an object
* back is straight
* the head is positioned so the student is looking slightly in front of hands

Test Performance
The test begins in the up position. The test should be performed to the cadence (1.5 seconds down and 1.5 seconds up). Push-ups are continuous, with the muscles in a constant state of contraction and no resting. Emphasis is placed on the arm and shoulder muscles remaining engaged throughout the assessment.

Scoring
Record the total number of correctly performed push-ups within the time limit.

Incorrect curl-up performance include:
arching or sagging of the back;
not achieving the straight arm position;
not achieving the right angle at the elbow during the down phase;
knees touching the floor; or being off cadence.

The test is terminated when the student has any two misses.

Right Angle Push-Ups Standards
Boys
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
10
22
11
11
23
12
12
24
13
13
25
14
15
26
15
16
27
Girls
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
7
17
11
8
17
12
8
17
13
8
18
14
9
18
15
9
19
 
 
One-Mile Run/Walk
Test Objective and Rationale
The objective of the test is to measure cardiorespitory or aerobic endurance. The one-mile run/walk is a good indicator of the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen to functioning muscles, in other words the capacity to perform activities using large muscle groups over an extended period of time. The importance of cardiorespitory fitness lies in the fact that heart disease is a leading cause of death in our society.

Test Description
Students will be bused from McGee to the Vincent Boscoglio Track. Students will be given the standards and tips on how to run/walk the mile.

Test Performance
Students are asked to do their very best when participating in the run/walk.

Scoring
Students will receive a stick that will correspond to their own individual time. The time will be rounded to the nearest second.
One-Mile Run/Walk
Standards
Boys
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
9:30
8:00
11
9:15
7:30
12
9:00
7:15
13
8:30
7:00
14
8:00
6:45
15
7:30
6:30
Girls
Age
Health Standard
Challenge Standard
10
10:45
9:00
11
10:30
8:45
12
10:15
8:30
13
10:00
8:15
14
10:00
8:00
15
10:00
8:00
     
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