When it comes to high school grades, girls rule and boys drool, according to this chart of SAT test takers.
“Female high school students are better prepared academically than their male classmates on many different measures of academic success,” writes Mark Perry on AEI Ideas.
However, test scores tell a different story. “Female high school students score significantly lower on the SAT math test, and the +30-point differences in test scores favoring males has persisted for several generations and exists across all ethnic groups.”
Gender gaps start in preschool, writes John Higgins in the Seattle Times.
“Boys start kindergarten with fewer of the behaviors that teachers want — such as paying attention, controlling emotions and playing nice with others, and that difference partly accounts for higher high school and college completion rates for women,” a new study finds.
Researcher Jayanti Owens, a Brown sociologist, found “boys were more likely to be suspended, expelled, or held back a year than girls, even when they had the same behavior problems.”