The Trib editorial ("Science scores a bright light for Utah schools," Our View, Oct. 29) gives praise to Utah eighth-grade students for their relative performance in international tests for science and math.
While credit is merited, it needs to be put into perspective. The comparison was made between a demographically favored state of about 3 million population against entire nations and Canadian provinces, most of which are many time larger.
There are undoubtedly subsets (cities, states, providences, etc.) of these large entities with populations greater than Utah's and with test scores much higher than their national average and perhaps higher than that of Utah students.