ERIC Number: EJ695548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-1
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding the Relationship Between Student Achievement and the Quality of Educational Facilities: Evidence From Wyoming
Picus, Lawrence O.; Marion, Scott F.; Calvo, Naomi; Glenn, William J.
Peabody Journal of Education, v80 n3 p71-95 Jul 2005
A growing issue in school finance adequacy relates to the condition of school facilities and the role that the condition of those facilities plays in student learning. Using the results of standardized test scores from Wyoming students and a detailed assessment of every school building in the state of Wyoming, it can be concluded that there is essentially no relationship between the quality of school facilities and student performance when other factors known to impact student performance are accounted for. This does not suggest investments in school facilities are not important-all children are entitled to attend school in safe, clean, and appropriate educational environments. However, policymakers should be aware that investments in facilities by themselves are unlikely to improve student learning.
Descriptors: School Buildings, Standardized Tests, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Finance
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Wyoming