11/09/2007

Principals Report on Environmental Factors in Classrooms

A majority of schools report that various environmental factors, taken together, do not interfere with the delivery of instruction in permanent buildings

 
In 2005, public school principals were asked to describe the extent to which various environmental factors interfered with classroom instruction. The recently compiled report offers the following information regarding the level of interference experienced with various environmental factors:

A majority of schools, 56 percent, reported that various environmental factors, taken together, did not interfere at all with the delivery of instruction in permanent buildings, while the remainder reported at least some interference: 33 percent reported minor interference, 9 percent reported moderate interference, and only 1 percent reported major interference.

In permanent buildings, heating and air-conditioning were the most frequently reported interferences, with less than half of schools reporting that air-conditioning did not interfere at all with instruction. Air-conditioning interfered to a moderate or major extent in permanent buildings in 16 percent of schools; heating interfered to a moderate or major extent in 13 percent of schools. Schools reported less severe interference from heating and air-conditioning in portable buildings, with 11 percent of schools reporting moderate to major interference from air-conditioning, and 9 percent reporting the same from heating.

In portable buildings, acoustics or noise control was reported to be a moderate or major problem in 18 percent of schools, compared to 12 percent for permanent buildings.

The size or configuration of rooms was reported as moderate or major interference in portable buildings by 16 percent of schools. The interference was less severe in permanent buildings, with 13 percent of schools reporting moderate or major interference.

Portable buildings also had more severe interference from ventilation and indoor air quality than permanent buildings. Ventilation in portable buildings was a moderate to major problem in 14 percent of schools; 11 percent of schools had moderate to major interference from ventilation in permanent buildings. Indoor air quality interfered with instruction to a moderate or major extent in portable classrooms in 12 percent of schools; permanent buildings had moderate to major interference from indoor air quality in 10 percent of schools.

Percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary schools indicating the extent to which various environmental factors interfered with the ability of the school to deliver instruction in school buildings, by type of building: Fall 2005

Environmental factor, by type of building

Not at all

Minor extent

Moderate extent

Major extent

Not applicable

Permanent buildings

All factors, taken together

56

33

9

1

---

Artificial lighting

76

18

5

1

---

Natural lighting

73

18

5

1

3

Heating

63

24

10

3

1

Air-conditioning

46

21

10

6

17

Ventilation

66

22

8

3

---

Indoor air quality

69

21

7

3

---

Acoustics or noise control

61

27

9

3

---

Physical condition of ceilings, floors, walls, windows, doors

71

19

8

3

---

Size or configuration of rooms

64

23

9

4

---

Portable buildings

All factors, taken together

55

30

13

2

---

Artificial lighting

68

25

5

3

---

Natural lighting

62

26

7

1

4

Heating

66

23

7

2

1

Air-conditioning

63

22

7

4

3

Ventilation

62

24

11

3

---

Indoor air quality

62

26

10

2

---

Acoustics or noise control

56

26

14

4

---

Physical condition of ceilings, floors, walls, windows, doors

60

26

11

3

---

Size or configuration of rooms

58

26

11

5

---

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2007). Public School Principals Report on Their School Facilities: Fall 2005 (NCES 2007-007).

 


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