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Research Report

Changing School Start Times

Delay school start times to improve student health, safety, and academic achievement

April 4, 2019 , By Becca Debus, Senior Analyst

Key Insights

Districts choose to change school start times for a variety of reasons—the most common reasons we found were to support students and improve district transportation. All districts profiled for this report changed school start times to improve student health and academics. Two profiled districts also changed start times to improve the efficiency of transportation systems.

This report examines how to implement a change in school start time, and what effects a stakeholders experience from a change in start time. Explore district motivations for changing school start times, the implementation process of a new start time, and methods of feedback and assessment to evaluate the impact of a change in start times.

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