Gary Phillips, a former top U.S. Education Department official now at the private American Institutes of Research, a Washington, D.C., think tank just released a study comparing the math performance of 4th and 8th graders in major US cities with those of the top performing countries.
For some cities it gives comfort that their students are competing on a global level, at least in math. For most cities it is a discouraging report.
Of note: neither India or China are mentioned. The reason is the TIMMS tests are not given in these countries - first, because the OECD considers India and China Third World countries and, second, the Indians and Chinese hardly need to take a test to demonstrate their math skills to the world. They show it in economic growth everyday.
Here are the charts from the study: