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ACEF Journal Vol 3 Issue 1 December 2012

EDITOR’S MESSAGE: Performance Differences and School Size Dear Journal Reader: This issue of the ACEF Journal is more eclectic than those of the past. However, the articles comprising this issue contribute significantly to the knowledge base on educational facilities. The topic of equity is ever present in the educational lexicon of the day, and a discussion of equity occurs in this issue of the Journal. Yan’s study of rural schools in Pennsylvania reviewed under-utilized buildings, safety features, and building conditions. In this issue, two manuscripts investigated the impact of educational facilities on student learning. Morris and Slate reviewed how the size of a school’s population impacted student View PDF script achievement by gender. This Texas study found girls typically outperform boys on state-administered examinations, while www.acefacilities.org outperform students in the schools with smaller populations.students in schools with larger student populations tend to While Zellner, Morris, and Burch reported adequate space for collaboration was important to establishing a productive learning environment. Finally, Klocko investigated the role of the superintendent in designing sustainable schools. Given that building sustainable schools is becoming increasingly more topical in light of the increased initial costs of construction, Klocko discovered superintendents who could articulate the triple bottom line (environmental, educational, and economic) were considered effective stewards of taxpayer resources. I hope you find the research reported in this issue of the ACEF Journal useful. In addition, I hope you find these discussions spur additional research that confirms or contradicts the results reported here. Regardless of the results or your study, I want to encourage you to submit your study for publication in the ACEF Journal. In light of recent weather-related events, ACEF would like to increase awareness about how school facilities have been damaged by tornados and earthquakes, used as emergency management headquarters to fight wildfires, and as a refuge for those displaced by the fury of a hurricane. Despite the continued use of school facilities during emergencies, few educators and educational facility managers are adequately prepared to address these emergency management issues. Therefore please note, ACEF (acefacilities.org) and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (rems.gov) are available for educators who need guidance and assistance. The contents of this journal were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, Sincerely, such contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not 22012 / ACEFDecember assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Mark Littleton, Director Texas Center on Educational Facilities


ACEF Journal Vol 3 Issue 1 December 2012
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