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Classroom Design Features Have Surprising Impact on Student Progress

Study Finds that Classroom Design Can Affect Academic Progress by as Much as 25%. 

This year-long pilot was carried out looking at 750 elementary students in 34 classrooms over a full year. The study looked at two sets of data. The first was student data such as age, gender and performance levels in reading, math and writing. Then there were ten different design features evaluating the holistic classroom environment, such as classroom orientation, natural light, noise, temperature and air quality. Other parameters such as flexibility of space, storage facilities, organization and use of color were also evaluated. The study looked at both the design features and use factors, such as adjustments made to accommodate student or learning activity needs.

The results were very surprising.  (more…)