WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT HAVING AGOOD TESTING ENVIRONMENT? Improvement is seen in: Academic Performance Illustrated with Test Scores Health Illness Breathing issues
CLASS DISCUSSION: WHAT ARE SOME ASPECTS OFAN IDEAL TESTING ENVIRONMENT? Talk to the people around you and discuss one or two things that you think are important when it comes to testing environments. Share your ideas with the class when asked.
HOW ARE ACADEMICS AFFECTED BY TESTINGENVIRONMENTS?
INDOOR AIR QUALITYFacts about IAQ According to the article “Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes?”, Poor Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, affects over 8 million children in the United States. IAQ symptoms include Irritated eyes Irritated nose and throat Upper respiratory infections Nausea Dizziness Fatigue sleepiness
INDOOR AIR QUALITYSolution: Fresh Air The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, require between 15 and 20 cubic feet of air per minute per person in a classroom. The results of this are contaminations are removed and replaced with fresh air.
POOR IAQ CAUSES… Sick teachers and students, which leads to… Poor teaching and student performance. Giving students good air quality reduces absence thereby aiding students with their academics.
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY Allergies: High levels of temperature and humidity lead to growth of mold, which brings about allergies. Student performance is affected by temperature. Students perform better in classrooms with a temperature of about 64 to 74 degrees.
VENTILATION Schools need better ventilation… Children breathe a greater volume of air in proportion to their body weight compared to adults naturally causing them discomfort quicker. A symptom of poor ventilation is a build up of carbon dioxide which is caused by breathing. The more CO2 that is present in the air, the more likely students are to develop headaches and develop an inability to concentrate due to drowsiness.
VENTILATION Simply opening windows in the classroom is not enough of a solution which is why good ventilation inside is key. Asthma is less likely to occur if good ventilation is in place.
LIGHTING AND COLOR Lighting : Prevents off-task behavior Improves test scores Plays a big role in overall student achievement. Students who are exposed to natural lighting in the classroom progress 20% faster in one year than students who learn in artificially lit rooms.
ACOUSTICS Outside noise causes student Other causes of poor dissatisfaction with acoustics: classrooms and increases High blood pressure stress. Induced feelings of • Children affected most: helplessness Lack of application to Children with hearing learning tasks impairments Younger students who Acoustics are sometimes hard have trouble focusing. to control because of how the building was designed or where the location of the school is.
BUILDING AGE AND QUALITYNew Buildings Old Buildings Students in newer buildings Student performance is (according to a study): lower in buildings going through renovations since Outperform students in there are more distractions. older buildings Had better records of health, attendance, and discipline. Standardized test scores increased for students who took them in newer buildings.
RESOURCES Schneider, M. (2002, November). Do School Facilities Affect Academic Outcomes? National Institute of Building Sciences, 1-8.
CONCLUSION Having a comfortable classroom is not just a nice thing to have but it is necessary for the success of the students and teachers.