Delayed School Start Times May Benefit Teens

In a front page article, the New York Times (3/14, Hoffman) reports that across the US, numerous school districts have moved high-school starting times to later in the day to accommodate the fact that adolescents “are developmentally driven to be late to bed, late to rise.” University of Minnesota researchers, “funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studied eight high schools in three states before and after they moved to later start times in recent years.” In a report published March 12, “they found that the later a school’s start time, the better off the students were on many measures, including mental health, car crash rates, attendance and, in some schools, grades and standardized test scores.”

        The AP (3/14) also covers this story.