Do Hot Classrooms Lead to Low Test Scores?

By Megan Trent

July 20, 2011 Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - August promises little relief from the heat as students return to school, and many students will be studying in classrooms without air conditioning.

April Wolfe, a mother of three in the Fort Wayne Community School system says she's seen a correlation between her daughter's test scores and how hot her classroom gets. Wolfe says last year during parent teacher conferences, a teacher told her most of the students' scores improve in the fall when the temperatures drop.

Wolfe says, "There's two fans on the ceiling that might as well be props, because it makes it so hot in that classroom. I mean, how do they focus on their education? Why is it okay to accept low test scores and make our kids uncomfortable? It's just not fair - while the school board members and these other people are sitting in air conditioned offices all day."

Krista Stockman, FWCS Spokesperson, says, "We do believe that our students deserve an environment that is easy to learn in. Yeah, if you're hot and you're sweating, sure it's going to be more difficult to focus. But we don't really have a choice at this point."

Only 18 of the 51 FWCS schools have full air conditioning. Stockman says a referendum voted down by the community four years ago would have paid for A.C. in most buildings.

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