Girls Bridge Math and Science Gap

But Boys Fall Further Behind in Reading

by Olivia Sanderfoot, age 16

For the first time in decades, girls’ math test scores across the country have equaled that of boys. Some say this disproves the common stereotype that boys are better at math and science.

Unfortunately, these recent testing results also show that boys are behind girls in reading by dramatic margins.

“In no state in the country are boys doing better than girls in reading at the elementary, middle, or high school level,” says Jack Jennings, president and chief executive officer of the Center on Education Policy.

This result troubles many educators, who are worried that boys and girls are being treated differently in the academic environment. As administrators struggle to bridge this gap, some women activists urge schools not to neglect girls, who they say still face discrimination in the math and science fields.

[Sources: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; The Wall Street Journal]