"Girls do well academically," states the Heritage Foundation's new report, Wasting Education Dollars: The Women's Educational Equity Act. "If anything, recent studies should raise concerns about boys." Research shows:
- Girls outscore boys in reading. The 1999 NAEP long-term trend reading assessment showed girls outperforming boys on average scores in all three age groups tested ( 9, 13 and 17 years). By age 17, the reading gap favored girls by 14 points. (1999 NAEP test results and 1999 NAEP "Trends in Academic Progress")
- Girls outscore boys in writing. On the 1998 NAEP "Writing Report Card for the Nation," girls scored higher on average than boys at all three grade levels tested. Twice as many girls scored in the "proficient" and "advanced" categories as boys. By the 12th grade, the average score for girls was 19 points higher than that of boys.
- Girls outscore boys in civics and the arts, outperforming boys at every grade level. (National Center for Education Statistics, "1998 Civics Report Card for the Nation")
- Girls hold their own in math. The 1999 NAEP long-term trend math assessment shows little difference between girls' and boys' scores for all grades tested. The 2000 NAEP mathematics test shows only a slight difference.
- Girls are more likely to graduate from high school and college. (OERI, Degrees and Other Awards Conferred by Title IV Eligible, Degree-Granting Institutions: 1996-97, NCES 2000-174, November 1999)
- Boys are twice as likely to be enrolled in special education programs. Boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with learning disabilities. (R.D. Nass, "Sex Differences in Learning Abilities and Disabilities," Annals of Dyslexia, Vol, 43, 1993)
- Boys are more likely to experience academic or behavioral problems. Boys are more likely to repeat a grade, get suspended, or be involved with drugs, alcohol and crime. (OERI, Trends in Educational Equity, p. 39-41; Christina Hoff Summers, The War Against Boys, 2000)