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I wrote a blog post last spring about our later start times for school during MCAS Testing so that students could get some extra sleep before this "high-stakes" test. There is plenty of research discussing the positive impact a later start time has had on student achievement.
One school that has been widely publicized for its efforts in this area Edina High School in Edina, MN. Edina High School was referenced in Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Here is an excerpt on why Edina High made the move to start an hour later:
"The decision to change the Edina High School start time from 7:25 to 8:30 was made in the spring of 1996 and implemented in the 1996-97 school year. The decision was made in response to a request from the Minnesota Medical Association (to all superintendents in Minnesota) to start high schools later, and that was in response to definitive medical research on adolescent sleep patterns from Brown and Johns Hopkins Universities. USA Today states that Edina was the first district in the nation to change start times based on that research."Some of the student in my web 2.0 class have also been discussing an alternative schedule after last week's modified schedule due to MCAS. Senior Stacey Bezreh discussed her feelings on her class blog stating, "I feel as though I'd be more productive and take in more information if the schedule were different."
Based on student comments and some recent staff discussion on modifying the schedule to create more formal opportunities for teachers to collaborate during the school day, we decided to throw out this brief survey to get some feedback.