Last week, my Education Update outlined the debate over time. I pointed out that students in North Carolina spend more time in the classroom than their counterparts in other nations. This includes countries that outperform the state and nation on international assessments.
If you don’t believe me (silly), perhaps the new report by the Center for Public Education, Time in school: How does the U.S. compare?, will convince you. Researchers at CPE, a project of the National School Boards Association, argue,
“There is a perception among policymakers and the public that U.S. students spend less time in school. The data clearly shows that most U.S. schools require at least as much or more instructional time as other countries,” said Jim Hull, senior policy analyst at the NSBA’s Center for Public Education.
So there it is. As usual, you heard it here first.