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How do Stamford students stack up against, say Switzerland?

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A screenshot from The Bush Institute's website, which is providing a tool to compare students in districts around the country with their counterparts across the globe.

If you were to take the average Stamford student, and place him or her in a classroom in Switzerland, the pupil would outscore 32 percent of Swiss students in math and 54 percent in reading, according to a report released by the Bush Institute.

The Dallas-based institute developed a tool that allows parents, community members and educators to search for districts across the nation and see how they stack up against their local counterparts, as well as against school systems throughout the world. Using data from 2004 through 2009, the tool assesses that the average Stamford student would outperform 40 percent of students across 25 developed countries in math class, while outscoring 53 percent of those same students in math.

Nationally, the district’s students would do a bit better, landing in the middle of the pack: In math, the average Stamford student would outscore 50 percent of American children; in reading, the pupil would outscore 54 percent of her competitors.

But what about, say Canada?

Well, Stamford kids don’t stack up so well against our northern neighbors, according to the Bush Institute. Check out the picture on the right, which shows that Stamford students would find themselves just at the tip of the bottom third of students if they were to go face-to-face with Canadian math test takers. The reading results are a bit better, with Stamford students prepared to outscore 43 percent of Canadian students, but it still lands local students in the bottom half.

Stack Stamford against Finland and you’ll find the students outscoring 26 percent of Finnish math students, and 38 percent of Finnish reading students. And against Singapore, Stamford outperforms 23 percent of math students and 43 percent of reading students.

Wonder how other local districts would fare? Here’s a peek:

  • Greenwich students would outscore 58 percent of Swiss math students and 78 percent of Swiss reading students.
  • Darien students would outscore 71 percent of Swiss math students and 88 percent of Swiss reading students.
  • New Canaan students would outscore 69 percent of Swiss math students and 90 percent of Swiss reading students.
  • Norwalk students would outscore 31 percent of Swiss math students and 50 percent of Swiss reading students.
  • Fairfield students would outscore 62 percent of Swiss math students and 78 percent of Swiss reading students.
  • Bridgeport students would outscore 15 percent of Swiss math students and 29 percent of Swiss reading students.
  • Danbury students would outscore 38 percent of Swiss math students and 51 percent of Swiss reading students.

Feel like doing some searching of your own? Here’s the link to the interactive search feature.

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Maggie Gordon

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