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CEP 8th Grade Report: Wide (and growing) Gender Reading Gaps

New national study by Center for Education Policy finds eighth grade girls far ahead of boys in reading skills and tied in math skills.

When looking at trend lines (2002-2009) among students scoring at the advanced level in reading, the report finds a growing gap in reading favoring girls in 63 percent of the states.

What happens later in life as a result of these gender gaps? That's what CEP president Jack Jennings asks in this HuffPo essay.

From that commentary:


From elementary through high school, males are reading at lower levels than females. This doesn't bode well for future job opportunities for men or for the overall health of our workforce. I think this is an education crisis that is not receiving nearly the attention it ought to.

For the past four years, the Center on Education Policy has annually collected results from all 50 states on tests required for accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act. These data show a clear, national trend of males lagging behind females in every state at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

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