ERIC Number: ED441329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
The Impact of School Building Condition and Student Achievement, and Behavior.
Earthman, Glen I.
This paper examines study findings on the relationship between the educational facility and the student variables of academic achievement and student behavior, revealing the extent that thermal environment, proper illumination, space, and equipment and furnishings have on students. Additionally discussed is the relationship between parental involvement, school building conditions, and student achievement. In almost all cases, the better the built environment is, the more positive the impact on students' test scores is: test scores between students in substandard buildings compared to students in better school environments differed by 5 to 17 percentile points. Also, in cases where there was greater parental involvement in fundraising for school purposes, the school buildings were in better condition. The conclusion is that money spent on school building improvement is money well spent. While it is known that better prepared graduates of the local school system are more productive citizens, the degree of influence the school environment has on later life remains unknown. (GR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the European Investment Bank/Organization for Economic Coordination and Development International Conference, (Luxembourg, November 16-17, 1998).