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Document Number: 9562

Organizing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: Start Times, Grade Configurations and Teacher Assignments - Authors Brian Jacob of University of Michigan and Jonah Rockoff of Columbia Business School present the evidence on several organizational changes that could provide significant “bang for the buck” in student achievement. While simple, these changes have the potential to substantially improve K–12 student performance. Suggestions include: (1) changing the start time for school days for middle and high school students; (2) taking measures to address the difficult transition from elementary to middle school; and (3) assigning teachers to grades and subjects to increase the gains from specialization. (Hamilton Project, September 2011)...

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