Oh boy: More bad education news for boys
The latest report from the Center on Education Policy, out this morning, takes a look at achievement gaps in all 50 states, including the gaps between girls and boys. And the news for boys continues to be harsh.
In 2009, more girls than boys reached reading proficiency in every state, in some cases by more than 10 percentage points. The study looked at data from state tests (that would be the FCAT in Florida) in grades 4, 8 and high school and concluded gender gaps are closing more slowly than other gaps. "We should encourage girls to achieve at high levels, but we must pay more attention to why boys don't do better," CEP president Jack Jennings said in a written statement.
In Florida, the gap between boys and girls in reading narrowed in grade 4 between 2002 and 2009, but widened in grades 8 and 10. In 2009, the percentage of eighth-grade boys scoring at proficient or above was 50 percent; for girls, it was 58 percent.
The gender gaps for math in Florida aren't as large and they've been narrowing in grades 4, 8 and 10. In 2009, 67 percent of boys scored at proficient or above in math, while 66 percent of girls did.