School Facility Renovation and Student Achievement
Norman, Dana Burton
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This dissertation examines school renovation and student achievement. The study focuses on the relationship between a complete renovation of a school facility and its influence on student achievement before, during, and after the renovation process. This is a replication study of previous research, Mayo (2012), which focused on middle schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia that were identified as a complete renovation project during the years of 2004-2010. This study utilized the procedures and the descriptive research methodology established in the Mayo (2012) study. Which allowed for the same three demographic variables (minority, socioeconomic, and teacher quality) to be addressed. The only modification made was the selection of a new grade level (K-5) focusing on elementary schools. The research question posed in this study, Does the complete renovation process, which includes structural, plumbing, electrical, and heating and air conditioning changes of a school building, influence student achievement? Out of 514 school construction projects listed by the Virginia Department of Education during 2004-2010, 89 were classified as renovation projects. Out of the 89, only 39 met the criteria of elementary schools servicing fifth grade students. The 39 elementary schools were then further reviewed, and 15 met the criteria of fulfilling the four components of a complete renovation; structural, plumbing, electrical, and heating/air conditioning. The findings of the 15 schools identified as being a complete renovation showed no statistical significance between the variables and were not statistically significant when comparing the fifth grade mathematics and reading student performance to each stage of the renovation process.
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