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Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class


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Seventh-grade girls collaborating on a technology project.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress report titled "The Nation's Report Card," while girls are less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, they show greater mastery of those subjects than their male classmates.

Credit: Jim Michaud/Journal Inquirer/AP

U.S. eighth graders in 2019 did significantly better compared to 2014, especially among students who are white, black, Asian, or low-income, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress report titled "The Nation's Report Card."

In addition, the report found that while girls are less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, they show greater mastery of those subjects than their male classmates.

The findings suggest that the decade-long effort to champion more opportunities for girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is succeeding.

Yet despite the advances made by girls in STEM, just 53% of female students reported taking at least one technology or engineering class, compared with 61% of male students.

From Associated Press
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