ERIC Number: ED479494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Do K-12 School Facilities Affect Education Outcomes? Staff Information Report.
Young, Ed; Green, Harry A.; Roehrich-Patrick, Lynnisse; Joseph, Linda; Gibson, Teresa
This report explains that there is growing evidence of a correlation between the adequacy of a school facility and student behavior and performance. In general, students attending school in newer, betterfacilities score 5 to 17 points higher on standardized tests than those attending in substandard buildings. School facility factors such as building age and condition, quality of maintenance, temperature, lighting, noise, color, and air quality canaffect student health, safety, sense of self, and psychological state. The report further explains that research has also shown that the quality of facilities influences citizen perceptions of schools and can serve as a point of communitypride and increased support for public education. Of special importance is the effect that facilities have on time inlearning, which is universally acknowledged as the single most critical classroom variable. Further, according to the most recent school infrastructure inventory by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 26 percent of the state's 1,590 K-12 schools are rated "fair,""poor," or "in need of replacement." However, almost half of allstate schools need some upgrading of facilities. The estimated total cost of these needed renovations, repairs, and replacements is $1.5 billion. (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Facilities, Environmental Influences, Physical Environment, School Buildings
For full text: http://www.state.tn.us/tacir/PDF_FILES/Education/SchFac.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee