Academically, girls are outperforming boys in subjects from kindergarten through high school, a four-year review of test scores shows. In some subjects, girls have the boys beat by at least 10 percentage points. ...Though the Times Free Press article focuses on the academic superiority of girls in two southern states, at least one education expert says that the performance disparity is not merely a regional phenomenon.
The achievement gap continues through high school as Hamilton County recorded a 76.9 percent graduation rate for girls, and a 68.4 percent rate for boys in 2008, the most recent year for which data is available. ...
The gender-achievement gap is apparent in Georgia, too, where girls are scoring higher than boys in Dade, Walker, Whitfield and Catoosa counties, in many academic subjects, test data show.
"Tennessee and Georgia are not alone in this. This is very much a national phenomenon," said Alan Richard, spokesman for the Southern Regional Education Board, told the Times Free Press. "It may just now be reaching schools and school boards at the local levels. Gender should now be a part of local schools' discussions about improving student achievement."
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