CHICAGO
11/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Third-World Math Scores In Chicago: Study

Chicago's public schools do as badly as schools in some Third World nations in math, a first-of-its kind study released Wednesday has found.

The comparison between Chicago, 10 other large urban U.S. school districts and dozens of foreign countries found Chicago ranked close to Slovenia and Armenia and far below economic competitors such as Singapore, Japan and Taiwan.

"Our urban district students are performing no differently than many Third World nations,'' said study co-author John Dossey, an emeritus math professor at Illinois State University. "It doesn't bode well.''

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