Causal Effects of Later School Start Times: The Case of NYC Public Schools
Evaluating the impact of start times in New York City public schools and providing each school with a specific policy recommendation to improve students’ health and performance.
A growing body of research suggests that later school start times improve adolescents’ health and academic performance. However, more research needs to be done to identify a causal link between later school start times and improved student outcomes. To this end, Sarah Tan is working with the New York City Office of School Health to evaluate the impact of start times in the city’s public schools, using machine-learning based causal inference methods she is developing in her dissertation research. After looking at a comprehensive set of student outcomes and accounting for conditions unique to local schools, Tan will provide each school with a specific policy recommendation to improve students’ health and performance.
Topics: Children, Youth, Seniors and Families; Education; Health, Nutrition and Medicine
- Graduate student: Hui Fen (Sarah) Tan, statistics
Special committee chair:
Giles Hooker, Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: New York City Office of School Health