University of Minnesota, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
The initial purpose of this study was to discover and examine the array of factors inherent in a consideration of changing the starting time for high schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. It has gathered information from multiple sources and perspectives, including students, teachers, parents, school administrators, community members, and medical researchers. 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 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 initiated at the request of several school superintendents and was completed with the administrative and financial support of seventeen area school superintendents in Minnesota.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
Schools Start Time Study Final Report, Volume I.
University of Minnesota, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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