WASHINGTON (December 3, 2012)-- Five states are announcing Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013.
The initiative in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.
The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools.
Schools, working in concert with districts, parents and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both.
A mix of federal, state and district funds will cover the costs.
The Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning will also contribute resources.
Education officials say spending more time in the classroom will give students access to a more well-rounded curriculum, individualized help for students who fall behind and opportunities to reinforce critical math and science skills.