Current Issues


July 3, 2014

Update on CTC Action

CAHPERD leaders have been keeping a close eye on the actions of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing with regard to the proposed amendments to Title 5, which would allow a “special teaching authorization” in Physical Education for instructors of ROTC and Basic Military Drill (BMD).  Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, at the June 19th meeting of the CTC, all but two of the Commissioners voted to approve the proposed regulations.

 It is important to note that Commission action cannot go into effect until the “rulemaking file” is submitted by the CTC to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), and that agency conducts a complete review to ensure compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act.  We are staying on top of this as we consider next steps, and also contacting media outlets to share information about the issue and the process.

 Sincere appreciation is extended to everyone who attended meetings to provide testimony and those who took the time to write in during public comment periods.  The CTC received an astonishing 830+ written comments in opposition to this proposal.  In addition, at least 16 of the 21 CSU Kinesiology Department Chairs expressed their opposition. Click here to view the comments submitted, and the responses from the CTC.

We will keep our members informed as we continue to monitor the timeline for submission of the amended regulations to the OAL, as well as their progress in reviewing the documentation.

We are extremely grateful for all who have been engaged in this ongoing effort to maintain high teaching standards in our profession.  We appreciate your continued support!

Background, Public Comments and CTC Responses 

May 3, 2014


All CTC letters of opposition must be postmarked by May 13, 2014 and sent to:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Attn: Tammy Duggan
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, California 95811

If the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) does not get letters of opposition to the proposed Title 5 California Code of Regulations (5 CCR) language to allow a Special Authorization in Physical Education for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Basic Military Drill (BMD), the language of the proposal will stand. CTC must receive letters of opposition for this item to be placed on the June CTC meeting agenda.

CLICK HERE to see What Can You Do?  

February 8, 2014

All written comments must be received by February 11, 2014.

As a follow up to the alert that was sent out on January 23rd, CAHPERD leaders are now urging you to engage in further action by contacting your legislators regarding the proposed action by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) that, if approved, will amend Title 5 regulations to authorize ROTC instructors to teach physical education.  

Please click here for more detailed information about this proposal that will have a critical impact on physical education in California schools.

We ask that you send letters to your legislators, with copies to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Governor Edmund G. Brown, expressing your views and encouraging them NOT to support these proposed regulations.    

Click here to view a Sample Letter (PDF)

Contact Information:

  1. Click here to find your Legislator
  2. Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
    Phone: 916-445-2841
    FAX: 916-558-3160
    Mailing Address:   
    The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor
    State of California
    State Capitol Building
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  3. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
    Phone:  916-319-0800
    FAX: 916-319-0100
    Mailing Address:
    Mr. Tom Torlakson
    Superintendent of Public Instruction
    1430 N Street, Ste. 5602
    Sacramento, CA 95814

All written comments must be received by February 11, 2014.

January 23, 2014

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will hold a public hearing on February 14, 2014 to adopt new regulations that will have a critical impact on physical education in California schools. There was prior action on this in September of 2013 and the CCTC voted to move ahead with adopting these new regulations. This is the final opportunity we have to express our concerns and ask them to vote “NO” on the new regulations.
All written comments must be received by 5:00pm on January 27, 2014.


July 26, 2011

March 24, 2011   
California Physical Fitness Test Scores Indicate Less than 39% of Students in ‘Healthy Fitness Zone®’
On Thursday, March 24, 2011, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the results of California’s 2010 School Physical Fitness Test (PFT) scores. Among PFT results collected: less than 39 percent of California’s students overall passed all six PFT areas and scored within California’s established “Healthy Fitness Zone®” (HFZ®) -- or, over 61 percent of California’s students could not perform at HFZ levels. The PFT results also reveal that of the State’s youngest students tested -- California’s fifth graders -- less than 29 percent could meet HFZ levels of performance; or 71 percent of California’s fifth graders did not achieve HFZ scores in all six testing areas. Read More



Facts and Tips:

  • Some physical education teachers have expressed concern, anger, and confusion with the new FITNESSGRAM tables. Districts are mandated to give the FITNESSGRAM to students in grades 5, 7, and 9 and to report the scores to the California Department of Education. 
  • Teachers need to exercise caution as the FITNESSGRAM tables have changed for two aerobic capacity subtests: mile run and PACER.
  • DO NOT send charts home that indicate the mile times and number of PACER laps required to reach the Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ). To parents and students, the new tables appear punitive for those with a higher body mass index (BMI).
  • Districts that have sent home the tables are experiencing calls from parents. Parents have even begun calling the California Department of Education to complain.
  • INSTEAD, report the predicted MAX VO2 to students and parents and indicate if the measure falls within the HFZ.
  • MAKE THE ASSESSMENT PARIDIGM SHIFT: The new tables are predicting the function and efficiency of the cardio-respiratory system based upon age, gender, BMI and performance (mile time or number of PACER laps).
  • For students 13 years and older with high BMIs, administer the Mile Walk Test. BMI is not used for this subtest. Heart rate, time, age, and weight determine the predicted MAX VO2. This may be a better subtest for students with a BMI over 30.
  • SEIZE THE TEACHABLE MOMENTS: An increase aerobic capacity (MAX VO2) means an increase in aerobic metabolism used for energy production. The individual will be able to move at a higher intensity for a greater period of time.
  • Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 are NOT adults. Elite adult athletes with greater muscle mass and lower fat percentages DO have higher BMIs but they ARE able to run faster and further.
  • According to the Cooper Institute, approximately 99% of students/children with high BMIs have high percentages of fat, not high percentages of muscle. 
  • Students with higher BMIs must run faster or run more PACER laps to demonstrate the same level of aerobic capacity as a student with a lower BMI.
  • Look for the Understanding the New FITNESSGRAM Healthy Fitness Zones PowerPoint on the CAHPERD Web site in the Physical Education Advocacy Toolkit under the Legislation and Advocacy tab by April 8, 2011.
  • Look for an article in the CAHPERD Jounal in the next six weeks.
  • We will let you know when we find or establish a Web site that can calculate predicted MAX VO2.

Eliminating Physical Fitness Test Reporting

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) recommended to the Budget Committee within the overall proposed 2010-11 California State Budget, that funding provided to the California Department of Education (CDE) for the reporting of the State, District, School and Student Physical Fitness Test scores be eliminated and that the entire Physical Fitness Testing program be suspended.  The stated rationale is that reporting of the PFT Scores does not offer a direct service to children therefore making it a low budget priority and that if PFT scores are not reported then the value of the test is so limited it can afford to be suspended for a year or longer. This proposal, if forwarded, would have a huge negative effect on physical education and the health and fitness of children in California.  Based on past experience, even if it is not required to report the data, it is unlikely that many school districts will administer the PFT. Moreover, if it’s not mandated and administered, many schools and teachers may not provide instruction necessary to improve and achieve minimum levels of health-related fitness performance as measured by the PFT.

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