“I think we should have longer school years,” Obama said on NBC’s “Today” show during a special forum on education. “We now have our kids go to school about a month less than other advanced countries. And that month makes a difference.”

American students spend an average of 180 days per year in the classroom, a number dwarfed by other major global competitors.

The president said that a longer school year was among a series of reforms the U.S. should undertake to improve the state of education in the U.S., reforms he said could mean more of a taxpayer commitment to schools.