ERIC Number: EJ1121479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Later Start Time for Teens Improves Grades, Mood, and Safety
Wahlstrom, Kyla L.
Phi Delta Kappan, v98 n4 p8-14 Dec 2016-Jan 2017
A recent study by the University of Minnesota looked at eight high schools across the U.S. that chose later start times, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. The study found significant decreases in absences and tardiness as well as greater academic benefits for schools with the latest start times. Among the 9,395 students in the study, those who slept eight or more hours each night were less likely to report symptoms of depression and fall asleep in class. Moreover, after the change to a later start time, the number of car crashes in the districts studied decreased by 13%. Included are recommendations for schools and districts considering changing their high school start times.
Descriptors: High School Students, School Schedules, Sleep, Fatigue (Biology), Evidence, Academic Achievement, Child Health, Traffic Safety, Change Strategies, School Policy, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota