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Condition of public school facilities

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


The condition of our school facilities plays a critical role in the education of more than 49 million U.S. public school students. School facilities provide a setting for learning and affect health and comfort of the school’s students and staff.

The findings below are part of an experimental data product from the School Pulse Panel, NCES’s innovative approach to delivering timely information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on public K–12 schools in the U.S. The data, collected between December 7 and 21 of 2023, came from 1,625 participating public K–12 schools from every state and the District of Columbia.

1 Between 20 and 22 percent of schools responded “don't know” to questions about the age of their main instructional building, major renovations, and major replacements or additions.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2024). Nearly One-Third of Public Schools have One or More Portable Buildings in Use. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 19, 2024 from

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