Start High School Later for Better Academic Outcomes

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Should school start later for adolescents? Longer exposure to sunlight before starting school each day has been shown to impact academic performance, including math and reading scores. This is attributed to increased alertness brought about by longer cumulative exposure to sunlight: "Most of the boost in adolescent test performance that we observe when students have more daylight in the morning is due ... to the amount of daylight before school experienced across the school year."

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