- Like girls' test scores, boys' scores are on the rise, a fact that by itself challenges the misperception that girls' academic success is coming about boys' expense.
- Though college students of nontraditional age are predominately female, men and women who enroll in college right of out high school are doing so at relatively equal rates.
- Differences in race and family income correlate significantly with disparities in test scores, while test score differentials between boys and girls vary with race, family income, and subject matter. For example, the general claim that girls outperform boys on standardized reading test is only significant with respect to white students. Boys outperformed girls on the math and verbal sections of the SAT, but this advantage is concentrated largely among students of lower income.
- When gender is viewed in isolation of other factors, the gaps that do exist are small and long-standing. For example, while girls do better on standardized reading tests, this has been the case since the test was first administered in 1971! And for the last 30 years, that gap has either narrowed or stayed the same. Moreover, this advantage favoring girls is limited to standardized reading tests, as boys enjoy a slight edge on standardized math tests and on both sections of the SAT.
Via the New York Times and the National Women's Law Center blog.