Kids get better grades when schools ban one thing, study shows

Posted at 10:57 AM, May 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-18 12:57:10-04

Want your children to score higher on their exams? Then take away their smartphones. At least, that’s what one study seems to suggest.

The new study finds students may actually perform better on tests if they don’t carry cell phone to class.

The study by the London School of Economics found a link between banning smart phones in schools and increased test scores.

Researchers looked at how cell phone policies at 91 schools in England have changed since 2001.

They compared the information with results of national exams taken by students at the age of 16.

Researchers found that school test scores improved by six-percent following a ban on phone use.

For under-achieving students, average test scores went up 14-percent following a ban.

Researchers say the findings suggest some students may be distracted by having cell phones in class.

It’s important to note, however, researchers stress the findings don’t mean phones and other technology can’t be used to boost learning.