For years, design professionals have noted a direct tie between student performance and classroom design. A new study proves it, performed by researchers at the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford in Manchester, England. Researchers collected data from 751 students for the duration of one school year. School Planning & Management reports:

“When the researchers evaluated academic performance student by student, they concluded that classroom design contributed as much as 25 percent to the progress made by a student over the course of the year. Good environments enabled positive progress, with poor environments generally ensuring negative progress.”

The researchers created a model that accounted for varying outside factors that can affect performance, including illness and trouble at home. The research is continuing through the current school year so that results can eventually be compared. The question to ask now is: how will this change classroom design?

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