Just over half of middle schools begin at , with substantial numbers of schools beginning at and as well. But as the student population has grown, the school district has changed the start times for many individual schools in order to maintain a balanced bus schedule, generating differences in start times for the same school in different years. More than one-quarter of students begin school at or later, while more than 20 percent begin at or earlier.
The only nationally representative dataset that records school start times indicates that, as of 2001, the median middle-school student in the U. In other words, middle school start times are somewhat earlier in Wake County than in most districts nationwide.
The typical Wake County student begins school earlier than more than 90 percent of American middle-school students.
Data and Methods The data used in this study come from two sources.
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We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market.Regardless of the precise mechanism at work, my results from Wake County suggest that later start times have the potential to be a more cost-effective method of increasing student achievement than other common educational interventions such as reducing class size.Wake County The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is the 16th-largest district in the United States, with 146,687 students in all grades for the 2011–12 school year.A number of school districts have responded by delaying the start of their school day, and a 2005 congressional resolution introduced by Rep.Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) recommended that secondary schools nationwide start at or later.Wake County is uniquely suited for this study because there are considerable differences in start times both across schools and for the same schools at different points in time.Since 1995, WCPSS has operated under a three-tiered system.But if beginning the school day early in the morning has a negative impact on academic performance, staggering start times may not be worth the cost savings.Proponents of later start times, who have received considerable media attention in recent years, argue that many students who have to wake up early for school do not get enough sleep and that beginning the school day at a later time would boost their achievement.We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism. School start times vary considerably, both across the nation and within individual communities, with some schools beginning earlier than a.m. Districts often stagger the start times of different schools in order to reduce transportation costs by using fewer buses.