The Facility Inspection Tool (FIT)
Serving as the uniform definition of good repair, the FIT is intended to be used by school officials, county offices of education, students, teachers, and parents to aid in ensuring that all California school children have access to clean, safe, and functional school facilities. Intended as a visual inspection tool, fifteen components are evaluated as a part of the FIT. Additionally, the FIT includes a rating system to evaluate each component, and ranks the overall condition of the school. The following chart provides guidance on the various uses of the FIT.
- Completing the school facility section of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for all district schools -- Education Code (EC) 33126(b)
- Establishing a Facilities Inspection System (FIS) after July 1, 2005 for all schools, if participating in the School Facility Program (SFP) or Deferred Maintenance Program (DMP) to ensure each school is maintained in "good repair" -- EC 17070.75(e)
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- Completing the school facility section of the SARC for all schools -- EC 33126(b)
- Establishing a FIS after July 1, 2005 for all county operated schools, if participating in the SFP or DMP -- EC Section 17070.75(e)
- Oversight responsibilities at API deciles 1-3 schools -- EC 1240(c)
The Facilities Inspection System (FIS)
SB Bill 550 (2004) modified EC Section 17070.75(e), which requires that school districts or county offices of education participating in the SFP or DMP after July 1, 2005 establish a Facilities Inspection System (FIS). The requirements of the FIS are not defined in law other than to state the system should ensure that each school of the district or county office of education is maintained in good repair*. (As such, an OPSC audit would require the district to provide evidence that an inspection system is in place, rather than demonstrate the merits of the system.) Though the design of the FIS should be determined at the local level, the exception would be any school site that meets the requirements of EC Section 17592.70(b). The needs assessments conducted at these school sites pursuant to EC Section 17592.70(b) are to be the baseline for the FIS (EC Section 17592.70(d)(3)). To implement the FIS requirement, the OPSC has included certification language on the Application for Funding (Form SAB 50-04) (PDF), the Application for Joint-Use Funding (Form SAB 50-07) (PDF), the Application for Charter School Preliminary Apportionment (Form SAB 50-09) (PDF), and the Five-Year Plan (Form SAB 40-20) (PDF).
*Good repair is defined by the FIT, adopted on June 27, 2007 by the State Allocation Board.
Senate Bill 550: As a part of the Williams Settlement, Senate Bill (SB) 550 (Chapter 900, Statutes of 2004 - Vasconcellos), directed the OPSC to develop the Interim Evaluation Instrument (IEI) as a definition of good repair for school facilities. SB 550 also required the OPSC to provide the Governor and Legislature options for consideration in the development of a permanent State standard for the condition of California's school facilities. These options were provided in the report titled "Good Repair Report: Options for a Permanent State Standard." This law also required the Legislature to adopt a permanent standard of good repair by September 1, 2006, which was achieved with the passage of Assembly Bill 607.
Assembly Bill 607: AB 607 (Chapter 704, Statutes of 2006-Goldberg) adopted the existing IEI definitions in statute, expanded the good repair standards to include the overall cleanliness of school facilities, and required the OPSC to add a ranking and scoring system to evaluate the conditions of schools on or before July 1, 2007. The result of the requirements of AB 607 is the Facility Inspection Tool (FIT), which was adopted by the State Allocation Board on June 27, 2007. On May 27, 2009, the State Allocation Board adopted a revised FIT that will more accurately align the evaluation results with realistic expectations of what constitutes good, fair or poor facility conditions.