It’s been long believed (by me) that girls often are not encouraged to excel in science and mathematics; however, girls in the U.S. have finally closed the achievement gap in math, according to a new study, while boys still lag behind in reading.
The Center on Education Policy found that girls generally have the same proficiency in math as boys at the elementary, middle and high school grade levels (although boys appear to have an edge at the advanced level). Girls have traditionally trailed boys in that subject, but no longer. Woo-hoo! There was no discussion of the possible impetus for this advancement.
However, the traditional gender gap in reading remains, with girls outperforming boys at the three main grade levels. Among 4th graders, girls performed better than boys at every achievement level in every state. In many states, the learning gap exceeded 10 percent. Yikes.
Which may explain why my husband is so bad at reading directions before installing things like our towel rack, which continues to sit on our floor. Just not his forte.