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Afternoon announcements: More sleep, later school start times may increase learning

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March 18, 2013 03:50 pm


Research shows that starting school later in the morning can boost student achievement. A symposium in D.C. last week further explored the science of sleep, especially on adolescents. Experts continued to push for later school start times. Education Week

A new study shows that home-schoolers get 90 more minutes of sleep per night, on average, than their traditionally schooled peers. Students who get more sleep may be better prepared to learn. USA Today

A group of Rhode Island adults spent part of their Saturday taking the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) standardized test. A student advocacy group encouraged the adults to take it to see how they fared and what they thought. The adults weren’t fans. The Answer Sheet

Boston’s historic busing system, designed in the 1970s under a federal court desegregation order, is no longer. The city shut down the last remnants of the busing system, arguing that students should be able to attend should closer to home instead of across town. New York Times

The original 12 Race to the Top winners may be granted up to an additional year to complete their projects. 2014 was slated to be the last year of the Race to the Top program, but the Department of Education will consider extensions on a case-by-case basis. Politics K-12


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