Here’s why run-down schools trigger low test scores is the headline of a Eureka Alert report on a new study.

Here’s an excerpt:


It certainly makes sense to me.

However, this next finding seems a little over-the-top:

Maxwell found that poor building conditions, and the resulting negative perception of the school’s social climate, accounted for 70 percent of the poor academic performance.

Plenty of other research has found lots of socio-economic issues more impactful – see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

I just hope people don’t get the impression that nice buildings are all teachers, and our students and their families, need.

But they sure can’t hurt!