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March 18, 2010

BOYS LAGGING BEHIND GIRLS IN READING, TIED IN MATH

ABC NEWS - Girls are reading better than boys, according to a new study by the Center on Education Policy, and the pattern is giving girls a life-long advantage, experts tell ABC News.

Boys are lagging behind girls on standardized reading tests in all 50 states, the research suggests. In some states, the boys are trailing girls by as much as 10 percentage points.

While girls best boys in reading throughout the country, the genders are evenly split when it came to proficiency in math.

In past years, boys had a decided advantage over girls in math.

The study looked at trends beginning in 2002 and ending in 2008.

"The cause for concern is that this is an unmistakable and clear trend, a national trend," said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy. "Mainly, we found no state in which boys did not lag behind girls in reading at the elementary level, the middle level and the high school level. So it's pretty clear: Boys are not doing as well as girls in reading."


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