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Girls outpace boys in tech, engine ering

Sally Ho


SEATTLE – Although less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, America’s girls are showing more mastery of those subjects than their boy classmates, according to national education data.

The findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress also shows U.S. eighth-graders in 2018 did significantly better overall compared to 2014’s test results, particularly among students who are white, black, Asian or low-income.

The gap between girls and boys is also growing wider as compared to the last time the federal government compiled technology and engineering literacy data among a representative sample of students and public schools across the country.

In 2018, girls on average scored five points higher than boys on a 300-point scale because girls made gains between 2014 and 2018 while boys’ scores stayed about the same.

The latest findings suggest the decade- long effort to champion more opportunities for girls and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math is gaining ground.

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