Data from the Department of Education indicates that girls outperform boys in reading and writing, across all ages, across all ethnic groups, and across all economic backgrounds.
“Girls outperform boys on state reading tests by about 10 percentage points, regardless of race or ethnicity,” says a report from the California Department of Education, based on results from the 2016 state English tests.
This is true even at the international level, where in reading exams, girls outperform boys in nearly every country, at every age.
The study found that economic status doesn’t make much of a difference either, and girls are constantly outperforming boys in reading and writing.
Three out of every 4 African-American boys in California fail to meet reading and writing standards, according to data from the Department of Education. Furthermore, more than half of black boys in California scored in the lowest category on the English portion of the test.
The persistent gender gap in reading and writing scores has been relatively overlooked by schools, but the Department of Education is unsure if the gap is a priority when considering prominent gaps found by race, ethnicity, and class.
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