“Three of four African-American boys in California classrooms failed to meet reading and writing standards” on state exams, reports Matt Levin for CALmatters. More than half of black boys scored in the lowest category, “below basic.”
Boys of all ethnicities and incomes did considerably worse than girls in reading and writing. Girls used to lag in math, but they’ve caught up to boys, test scores show.
The gender gap is widest between black boys and black girls.
“In states that administer the same standardized exam as California, girls outscore boys by similar margins,” notes Levin….
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