Stereotypical Gender Advantages Exist | On average, U.S. gender achievement gaps result in males performing better in math and females performing better in English Language Arts (ELA). However, the female-favoring advantage in ELA is substantially larger than the male-favoring advantage in math.
Local Context Matters| Student performance trends across districts indicate that local context plays a significant role in achievement disparities by gender. The results indicate that:
More affluent districts tend to have a wider male-favoring gap in math.
The male-favoring math achievement gap tends to be wider in districts with larger male-female SES disparities in the adult population.
Districts with more African American students tend to have larger female-favoring gaps in both math and ELA.
More Research is Needed | This research has established that clear gender achievement gaps exist across U.S. school districts, however, additional targeted research is needed to fully understand the underlying causes of these disparities.
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