University of Minnesota, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
Effective with the 1997-98 school year, the Minneapolis School District changed the starting time of its seven comprehensive high schools to 8:40 AM and the dismissal time to 3:20 PM. Prior to the change, classes began at the high schools at 7:15 AM and dismissed at 1:45 PM.
In the fall of the 2000-01 school year, CAREI was asked by the school district to examine the data about student grades and attendance and to repeat the administration of the School Sleep Habits Survey. The district was interested in knowing if the positive outcomes that had been present during the first year of the change were persisting over the long term. This report is the result of that follow-up study.
In the 1997-98 school year, the Center for Applied Research (CAREI) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota was asked by the Minneapolis School Board to examine the impact of the later start upon its students, staff, families, and community members. The information from that study can be found in "Start Time Study Report of Findings," November 1998, as a bound report provided to Minneapolis School District administrators. This study was completed by Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Ph.D., Center for Applied
Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI), Primary Investigator
Mark L. Davison, Ph.D., Department of Educational Psychology, Investigator; Jiyoung Choi, Data Analyst, Jesse N. Ross, Data Analyst.
Minneapolis School Board
Wahlstrom, Kyla; Davison, Mark L.; Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
Minneapolis Public Schools Start Time Study Executive Summary 2001.
University of Minnesota, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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