Girls Flip the Script (Again) on National STEM Test

Rising tides It’s not a competition, of course. Because everyone would celebrate and eventually benefit from test scores rising across all categories of students. It remains notable, however, that girls widened their margin over boys in the recently announced results for the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) test. In 2014, girls averaged three points higher than boys; in the 2018 results, this gap increased to five points. Snapshots on STEM Overall, scores on the test involving 15,400 eighth-graders in 600 schools increased by two points, up to 152 out of a possible 300. Many familiar features of the STEM education landscape cropped up: achievement gaps based on race and ethnicity, persistent divides correlated to income, and the mutual reinforcement of learning inside and outside of school. Between the lines, though, the results also opened up some provocative questions about the nature of technology […]

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