Boost test performance: Start school later

Students perform better when schools adjust schedules to accommodate the realities of biology: High school students don’t learn or test well in the morning. Go here for an introductory discussion of the issues.

Of course, in order to boost student performance by starting high school later, bus schedules would have to change. Change costs money. Anyone care to wager whether this quick, proven method for boosting student performance will catch on, considering it costs a little?

4 Responses to Boost test performance: Start school later

  1. penelope says:

    There’s been research on this sort of thing since I was in high school. The evidence keeps piling up, sure, but how many school districts pay any attention to it?


  2. eyeingtenure says:

    High school kids can walk or find their own way, so leave the schedules of elementary school kids the same, then.

    Most school districts have elementary school and high school start at different times, so switching the start times would work.


  3. brian says:

    In my little town — when we agonized over changing school hours for this very reason–the problem wasn’t cost or busses. It was parents dropping kids early enough to get to work on time. The schools are also day-care.


  4. HannahJ says:

    When I read the title, I thought in terms of *years* later, not hours. But both do make sense, don’t you think? especially since boys tend to develop a little behind girls, and “pushing” isn’t necessarily the best thing.


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