This paper examines existing research on the impact of school facilities on student health and performance. It also identifies areas for further research.
This paper examines nineteen different studies on the impact of school facility condition and design on student and teacher performance.
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21st Century School Fund. (2010, February). Research on the Impact of School Facilities on Students and Teachers: A Summary of Studies Published Since 2000. Retrieved from http://www.21csf.org/best-home/docuploads/pub/210_lit-review-lettersize-final.pdf
This paper examines best available research on the impact that various aspects of school facilities have on student academic outcomes, including: indoor air quality, ventilation, and thermal comfort; lighting; acoustics; building age and quality; school size; and class size.
The research is examined here in six categories: indoor air quality, ventilation, and thermal comfort; lighting; acoustics; building age and quality; school size; and class size.
Schneider, M. (2002, November). Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes? Retrieved from http://www.ncef.org/pubs/outcomes.pdf
This paper shows that the condition of school facilities has an important impact on student performance and teacher effectiveness.
Earthman, Glen I.(2002). School Facility Conditions and Student Academic Achievement. UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, & Access. UCLA: UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. Retrieved from: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5sw56439
This paper reviews research that correlates student achievement and the condition and utility of school facilities. The discussion focuses on the influence of various facility conditions on students, including building age, temperature and ventilation, acoustics, lighting, curriculum development, and school size. Students who attend better buildings have test scores ranging from 5 to 17 percentile points higher than students in substandard facilities.
Lyons, J. B. (2001). Do School Facilities Really Impact a Child's Education? IssueTrak: A CEFPI Brief on Educational Facility Issues. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED458791)
The Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning guide provides practical, actionable information intended to help district leaders (superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders) navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students. It presents a variety of options for district leaders to consider when making technology infrastructure decisions, recognizing that circumstances and context vary greatly from district to district.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning, Washington, D.C., 2014.
This study reinforces the link between the quality of school facilities and student achievement in English and mathematics, and three school climate variables.
Uline, C., & Tschannen‐Moran, M. (2008). The walls speak: The interplay of quality facilities, school climate, and student achievement. Journal of Educational Administration, 46(1), 55–73. doi:10.1108/09578230810849817