New study: Girls barely trail boys in mathematics
In their new study, Leahey and Dr. Guang Guo, associate professor of sociology and a fellow at the Carolina Population Center, examined for
the first-time gender differences in test scores from elementary school through high school among U.S. students. They also analyzed
sub-samples of high-scoring students and different areas of math, such as reasoning and geometry.
Among the findings were that girls had higher average math scores than boys until about age 11 and higher reasoning scores at ages 11 to
“Despite relatively equal starting points in elementary school, we found that boys showed a somewhat faster rate of acceleration in math,” she
said. “By the 12th grade, this resulted in a slight gender difference, which is more pronounced in geometry.”
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