- Absences in Bonneville County, Idaho dropped 15% after pushing the school start time back an hour.
- A Colby College economist found that delaying school by an hour can increase math and reading test scores by 3%, indicating that the biggest jump in performance was seen in the lowest-scoring students.
- A Santa Clara University economist stated that starting school one hour later is the equivalent of shrinking the class size by a third.
- Student athletes are less likely to get injured given that sleeplessness has been tied to a stronger likelihood of injury during practice or game.
- In Lexington, Kentucky, car accidents to and from school dropped over 16% in the two years following a time change, keeping students in that city much safer during their commute.
Obviously, starting school an hour or two later results in a myriad of benefits, all of which contributes to a greater sense of well-being for students. Yet, a majority of schools across the country continue to start classes early. Despite suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control to begin school at 8:30 a.m. (or later), only 17% of schools adhere to the proposed time and 40% meet before 8 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times. Whether schools make the change is yet to be unseen, but students and their families can be the biggest advocate for a later start time. Which do you prefer – an early or later start time? Why?