Do schools really have a 'boy problem?'

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Monday, May 5, 2014

The education gender gap, it seems, is a very real thing. We know that by kindergarten, girls are better prepared for the demands of elementary school; they're generally more attentive, independent, and better behaved. And because of this (and a host of other reasons) girls academically outpace their male counterparts.

This, according to a new study by Washington-based research group, has a lasting effect on boys' performance in school. By eighth grade, academic behavior is fixed, and "eighth grade grades," the authors write, "are a better predictor of completing college than standardized tests scores."

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