ERIC Number: ED426586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
How Old Are America's Public Schools? Issue Brief.
This brief suggests that the condition of the nation's schools continues to be a problem because they are becoming increasingly obsolete and contain environmental hazards. This report provides data on the increase in school construction between 1950 and 1969 (corresponding to the Baby Boom generation); the percent of schools in oldest, moderate, and newest condition; and the condition of the schools by school characteristics as of 1995. Findings show that the average public school building age is 42 years, almost half were built between 1950 and 1969; 73 percent have undergone at least one major renovation; and of the schools built in 1985 or later, 59 percent were connected to the Internet in 1995, whereas 42 percent of those schools built before 1969 and renovated berfore 1980 (or never renovated) were connected. (GR)
Descriptors: Building Obsolescence, Comparative Analysis, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Construction
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.