New Global Report Card
The Bush Institute released a new Global Report Card, conducted by Jay Greene, a fellow at the George W. Bush Institute and professor of education at the University of Arkansas, along with co-author Josh B. McGee. It compares academic performance of nearly 14,000 U.S. school districts to the average of a group of 25 developed countries – including France, Australia, Israel, Slovenia, and Singapore. All but two of the 25 have lower per-capita GDP than the United States. The findings from the GRC are being published in Education Next (www.educationnext.org), a public policy journal, and are also available at www.globalreportcard.org where visitors can compare school district data.
Even in public school districts that contain America’s 50 wealthiest suburbs with populations of at least 50,000 – such as Greenwich, CT; Palo Alto, CA; and Reston, VA, student achievement is mediocre relative to students in other developed countries. While students in these 50 districts register test scores far in excess of large urban districts in the U.S., they barely edge out the average student in our comparison group of 25 countries. These affluent suburbs fell into the 52nd percentile in mathematics compared to international competitors in 2007, the most recent year for statistics. That means their scores were exceeded by 48 percent of students in the typical developed country.