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Document Number: 5370

The Effects of School Facility Quality on Teacher Retention in Urban School Districts - Analyzing the school, teacher and community factors that teachers cite as reasons to leave the profession, researchers put forth school facility quality as a substantial, and undervalued, factor in retaining teachers in urban schools. They point to studies suggesting a link between such factors as poor indoor air quality, noise, classroom lighting, natural daylight and temperature control and teaching quality and student achievement. Drawing from a survey of Washington, D.C. teachers, the authors found a surprising fact. While a 1999 study found that students whose classrooms received the most natural light improved 20% more a year in math and 26% more in reading than those whose classrooms received the least natural light, more than one in five D.C. teachers reported not being able to see through the windows in their classrooms. (Jack Buckley, Yi Shang and Mark Schneider, National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, February 2004)...

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