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Research (Public School Facilities and Teaching: Washington, DC and Chicago)

This study was designed to assess the effect of school facilities on teaching. A survey of Chicago and Washington, DC public school teachers was used:

• To identify what teachers feel supports their ability to teach.

• To assess the adequacy of school conditions and school design as experienced by teachers.

• To examine the distribution of quality school facilities.

• To identify the impact of facilities on learning outcomes.

This study contains the results of these surveys and links conditions as reported by teachers to student demographics and test scores, official school building assessments, and current research on the effect of K-12 educational facilities on learning.

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