Evidence-Based Interactions Between Indoor Environmental Factors and Their Effects on K-12 Student Achievement
Project InformationPrincipal Investigator: Lily Wang
Co-Principal Investigator: James Bovaird, Josephine Lau, Clarence Waters
Funding Agency: EPA Environmental Protection Agency
Award Date: April 22, 2014
Project URL: N/A
For more information please contact Lily Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed research aims to establish how indoor environmental conditions in K-12 school buildings impact student scholastic achievement. The objectives are to:
- Study the impacts of a wide set of indoor environmental factors (including indoor air quality, thermal, lighting and acoustic conditions) on student achievement.
- Investigate how these conditions interact with each other to impact student achievement.
- Rank the environmental variables in terms of their relative impact on student achievement.
- Determine how these effects vary with different demographic (e.g. socio-economic) groups.
There are four main research tasks to be completed towards accomplishing the objectives:
- Investigate how the school environment impacts student achievement by data-mining from publicly available databases on Academic Performance Index (API) scores, including California schools that have received High Performance Incentive grants as compared against other schools with similar demographics.
- Conduct detailed indoor environmental measurements in classrooms at local Nebraska and Iowa school districts.
- Statistically analyze the relationship between the measured conditions with classroom-aggregate student achievement data.
- Confirm the findings by implementing an intervention in which certain classroom environments are changed to test expected relationships between the indoor environmental conditions and student achievement.