A new report concludes that contrary to popular perception—including that of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s — most U.S. public schools require at least as much or even more instructional time for students than countries touted for their high performance on international tests, including Finland, Japan and South Korea, the Washington Post reports.The report was issued by the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education, which measured time based on the minimum number of hours of instruction per year countries require their public schools to provide in a formal classroom setting. The amount of instructional time students receive has become a popular issue for school reformers, some of whom point out that the public charter schools that perform best have extended school days…

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