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Condition of public school facilities

Question:
What are the current conditions of America's public school facilities?

Response:
The report Condition of America's Public School Facilities provides information about the condition of public school facilities in the 2012–13 school year. In the 2012–13 school year:

  • Almost all (99 percent) of the schools had permanent buildings, and 31 percent had portable (temporary) buildings. Among schools with permanent buildings, the overall condition of about three-quarters of the permanent buildings was described as excellent (20 percent) or good (56 percent); 21 percent were in fair condition, and 3 percent were in poor condition. Among schools with portable buildings, overall condition was excellent in 6 percent, good in 49 percent, fair in 36 percent, and poor in 9 percent.

  • Among public schools with permanent buildings, the building systems/features were rated as being in fair or poor condition in their permanent buildings in 14 to 32 percent of the schools: windows (32 percent); plumbing/lavatories (31 percent); heating system, air conditioning system, and ventilation/filtration system (30 percent each); energy management system, security systems, and exterior lighting (29 percent each); roofs, interior finishes/trim, and internal communication systems (25 percent each); electrical system (22 percent); technology infrastructure (21 percent); interior lighting and life safety features (19 percent each); exterior walls/finishes (18 percent); and framing, floors, and foundations (14 percent).

  • Among public schools with portable (temporary) buildings, the building systems/features were rated as being in fair or poor condition in their portable buildings in 29 to 45 percent of the schools: windows and exterior lighting (45 percent each); interior finishes/trim (43 percent); roofs and exterior walls/finishes (42 percent each); framing, floors, and foundations (41 percent); ventilation/filtration system, and energy management system (41 percent each); security systems (40 percent); plumbing/lavatories and air conditioning systems (37 percent each); heating systems (36 percent); internal communication systems and technology infrastructure (33 percent each); electrical system and interior lighting (30 percent each); and life safety features (29 percent).

  • The condition of the following outdoor features was rated as fair or poor in public schools that had that feature: school parking lots and roadways (36 percent); fencing (32 percent); bus lanes and drop-off areas (31 percent); outdoor athletic facilities (31 percent); covered walkways (28 percent); school sidewalks and walkways (27 percent); and outdoor play areas/playgrounds (27 percent).

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National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov
U.S. Department of Education