A late start is a head start when it comes to first-period classes, according to a new study of more than 6,100 students over four consecutive school years.

Building on a decade of sleep research, the findings tread new ground in directly linking start times with academic performance. The cause-and-effect was so powerful, in fact, that delaying a student’s first class by just 50 minutes resulted in achievement improvements “equivalent to raising teacher quality by one standard deviation” — which is a common way of measuring teachers’ classroom performance.

The Vancouver Sun article can be found here.

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