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The George W. Bush Institute this morning unveiled its Global Report Card, which compares and contrasts 13,636 U.S. school districts with their in-state peers and national and international counterparts. Long story short: U.S. school districts, even those considered affluent, are squarely middle-of-the-pack'ers when it comes to math and reading scores. "Parents should be concerned that their children will be competing in the jobs market with young people abroad who are outperforming their kids," says study co-author Jay Greene, an education prof at the University of Arkansas.
Greene and co-author Josh McGee break it down in the new issue of Education Next, where they note that "affluent suburban districts may be outperforming their large urban neighbors, but they fail to achieve near the top of international comparisons." Among the examples cited: Plano, where the average student is "at the 64th percentile in math relative to our global comparison group." As opposed to, say, Highland Park, where the average student, according to the study, would perform better than 88 percent of their international peers in math and 91 percent in reading.
You'll find those figures here: at the interactive Global Report Card, where we find out this morning that the Dallas ISD's way behind ... well, most everyone, as you can see in the screen grab above.