Title page for ETD etd-041899-150623


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lanham III, James Warren
Author's Email Address jlanham@pen.k12.va.us
URN etd-041899-150623
Title Relating Building and Classroom Conditions to Student Achievement in Virginia's Elementary Schools
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Earthman, Glen I. Committee Co-Chair
Parks, David J. Committee Co-Chair
Cash, Carol S. Committee Member
Richards, Robert R. Committee Member
Sughrue, Jennifer A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Classrooms
  • Student Achievement
  • Educational facilities
  • School Buildings
Date of Defense 1999-04-13
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The relationships between student achievement and a number of variables relating to

building and classroom conditions in Virginia elementary schools were examined. A

systematic random sample of 300 schools was selected from all elementary schools in

Virginia with grades three and five. Data on building condition, classroom condition, and

demographics were collected with "An Assessment of Building and Classroom Conditions

in Elementary Schools in Virginia." Building principals completed the survey. The scaled

scores from the Spring 1998 Standards of Learning Assessments for third-grade English,

fifth-grade English, third-grade mathematics, and fifth-grade mathematics were used as

measures of student achievement. The percentage passing the fifth-grade technology

assessment was used as a measure of achievement in technology as scaled scores were not

available.

Findings

A large portion of Virginia elementary schools are more than thirty years old and

have a number of structural and classroom defects. While principals gave high composite

ratings to their schools, their responses to individual questions indicate problems with roof

leaks and climate control.

The percentage of students participating in the free and reduced-price lunch program

accounted for the largest percentages of variance in English, math, and technology

achievement. However, this variable had greater influence on achievement in English and

technology than in mathematics. Air conditioning was a significant variable in third-grade

English, fifth-grade mathematics, and fifth-grade technology achievement. Other variables

found significant in one or more of the analyses were ceiling type, frequency of floor

sweeping, frequency of floor mopping, connection to a wide-area network, room structure,

overall building maintenance, and flooring type.

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