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2. WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT HAVING AGOOD TESTING ENVIRONMENT? Improvement is seen in: Academic Performance Illustrated with Test Scores Health Illness Breathing issues 3. CLASS DISCUSSION: WHAT ARE SOME ASPECTS OFAN IDEAL TESTING ENVIRONMENT? Talk to the people around you and discuss one or two thingsthat you think are important when it comes to testingenvironments. Share your ideas with the class when asked. 4. HOW ARE ACADEMICS AFFECTED BY TESTINGENVIRONMENTS? 5. INDOOR AIR QUALITYFacts about IAQ According to the article Do SchoolFacilities Affect AcademicOutcomes?, Poor Indoor AirQuality, or IAQ, affects over 8million children in the UnitedStates. IAQ symptoms include Irritated eyes Irritated nose and throat Upper respiratory infections Nausea Dizziness Fatigue sleepiness 6. INDOOR AIR QUALITYSolution: Fresh Air The Occupational Safety andHealth Administration, and theNational Institute of OccupationalSafety and Health, require between15 and 20 cubic feet of air perminute per person in a classroom. The results of this arecontaminations are removedand replaced with fresh air. 7. POOR IAQ CAUSES Sick teachers and students, which leads to Poor teaching and student performance. Giving students good air quality reduces absence thereby aiding students with their academics. 8. TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY Allergies: High levels of temperature and humidity lead to growthof mold, which brings about allergies. Student performance is affected by temperature. Students perform better in classrooms with atemperature of about 64 to 74 degrees. 9. VENTILATION Schools need better ventilation Children breathe a greater volume of air inproportion to their body weight compared to adultsnaturally causing them discomfort quicker. A symptom of poor ventilation is a build up ofcarbon dioxide which is caused by breathing.The more CO2 that is present in the air, the morelikely students are to develop headaches anddevelop an inability to concentrate due todrowsiness. 10. VENTILATION Simply opening windows in the classroom is notenough of a solution which is why good ventilationinside is key. Asthma is less likely to occur ifgood ventilation is in place. 11. LIGHTING AND COLOR Lighting : Prevents off-task behavior Improves test scores Plays a big role in overallstudent achievement. Students who are exposed to natural lighting in the classroom progress 20% faster in one year than students who learn in artificially lit rooms. 12. LIGHTING AND COLOR 13. ACOUSTICS Outside noise causes student Other causes of poordissatisfaction withacoustics:classrooms and increases High blood pressurestress. Induced feelings of Children affected most:helplessness Lack of application to Children with hearinglearning tasks impairments Younger students who Acoustics are sometimes hard have trouble focusing.to control because of how thebuilding was designed orwhere the location of theschool is. 14. ACOUSTICS 15. BUILDING AGE AND QUALITYNew Buildings Old Buildings Students in newer buildings Student performance is(according to a study): lower in buildings goingthrough renovations since Outperform students inthere are more distractions.older buildings Had better records ofhealth, attendance, anddiscipline. Standardized test scoresincreased for studentswho took them in newerbuildings. 16. RESOURCES Schneider, M. (2002, November). Do School Facilities AffectAcademic Outcomes? National Institute of Building Sciences, 1-8. 17. CONCLUSION Having a comfortable classroom is not just a nicething to have but it is necessary for the success ofthe students and teachers.