To understand California's performance, we compared California scores
to the scores of four states with similar population characteristics. While
this limits the data available to measure school success, the performance
of other states provides an Understanding of California's relative success
in educating its children.
We chose Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas as our comparison states
because the populations of these states are ethnically and linguistically
diverse, like California. Texas is the state most similar to California.
New York, while not a "sunbelt" state, has a large inner-city
population of students similar to populations in some California cities.
Arizona, our neighbor, is least like California of the four states. As our
neighbor, however, California competes with Arizona for business expansion