Five states announcing Monday that 300 hours of learning time will be added to some schools starting in 2013 as part of an initiative intended to boost school achievement.

FOX News Radio's Courtney Kealy reports:

Schools for thousands of public school students are about to get longer. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Tennessee will all add at least 300 hours to the school calendar in some schools in 2013. The three year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools. The schools working with districts, faculty and parents will decide whether to make school days 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 for Time and Learning will also contribute resources.

Courtney Kealy, FOX News Radio.