What's happening with boys in the United States is similar to what's happening with boys in England, Canada and Australia. These test results from England mirror recent findings in this country: girls have caught up in math while boys fall behind in literacy skills.
For the first time in six years, girls achieved the same results in maths as boys.
However the gender gap appears to have widened in English, with girls outperforming boys, particularly at a higher level.
In English, 33 percent of pupils overall reached Level 5 -- - the standard expected of 14-year-olds -- compared with 29 percent last year. And 40 percent of girls reached this level, while only 26 of boys achieved it.