Education Report Roundup

School Facilities

By Laura Greifner — January 30, 2007 1 min read

Public school buildings are often too big or too small for the number of students enrolled, a survey of principals concludes.

According to the poll—administered by the National Center for Education Statistics to 1,025 principals of public elementary and secondary or combined schools nationwide—more than half the principals reported their buildings are too big for the number of students they serve; 10 percent reported having student enrollments that were 6 percent to 25 percent above the capacity of their buildings; and 8 percent said their schools were overenrolled by more than 25 percent.

“Public School Principals Report on Their School Facilities: Fall 2005" is available from the National Center for Education Statistics.

A version of this article appeared in the January 31, 2007 edition of Education Week