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The Path to Boosting PISA Scores

Lies in boosting boys' reading scores, suggests this Canadian reporter from the Globe and Mail, the same reporter who recently produced a remarkable series on academic gender gaps in that country.

From the article:

Girls outperformed boys in reading tests in every country and in every Canadian province. That gap was greatest, close to 10 per cent of total scores, in PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador.

"It's time to take a leap and look at what strengths in reading we can bring in particular to our boys," said Denis Mildon, a literacy expert and education consultant.

Because they represent close to half the population, boys provide an excellent target for efforts aimed at improving Canada's PISA scores.

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