Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name



Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Melanie Carter


This study was conducted to investigate the relationship between the quality of school building maintenance and student achievement. Variables such as school age, size of campus, enrollment, and instructional configuration were examined. Additionally, the location of the school in DeKalb County, the board districts in which a school was located, and socioeconomic status of the school’s community were selected for study to determine if school location and demographics affected overall student achievement when grouped along with building condition.

The Pearson Correlation of Coefficient tested twenty-seven variables for significance level. Twenty-one of the twenty-seven null hypotheses were accepted; six were rejected. A one-way analysis of variance was conducted on these six null hypotheses. These variables-socioeconomic status, school geographic area, school enrollment, board districts, portable units, and frequency of floors swept-were analyzed in relation to test scores using a multiple regression analysis.

The conclusion of the study is that building condition is not related to student achievement for third grade students in DeKalb County. The data show that student achievement is more related to socioeconomic status, location, and enrollment than to maintenance issues.

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