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Boys in Washington State are
Behind in Educational Outcomes
August 1, 2021
by Sean Kullman
Global Initiative for Boys & Men analyzed nearly 2 million test results from Washington State's Smarter Balance Assessment Testing (SBAC) in English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math from the 2014-15 to the 2017-18 academic years for grades 3-8.
Data revealed boys are behind girls at every grade level, from 8% to 14%, in meeting advance/proficient scores in ELA. Boys also fall behind girls in Math in grades 6 through 8 from 1% to 3.5%.
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The data above is consistent with a recent report on California education by the Global Initiative for Boys & Men. One of the concerns is the Boy Gender-Gap is larger in later grades on state testing in Washington and California in English/Language Arts. The Boy Gender-Gap in Washington for grades 3-5 is 7.96% to 10.62%. For grades 6-8, the gap increase to 12% to 14% for boys. A similar trend was noticed in California, where the Boy Gender-Gap in ELA for grades 3-5 was 8% to 10% and 12% to 13% for grades 6-8.