A new report by the federal government shows high school girls outpacing boys when it comes to planning for college, enrolling, and completing a degree.
The National Center for Education Statistics’ study reports that, among the freshman class of 2008-09, 59 percent of the girls expected to complete a bachelor’s or graduate/professional degree compared with 53 percent of boys. This gender pattern held for both white and black students, according to the study.
And senior girls with college plans were more likely than boys to consult a counselor, teacher, or coach for information on college-entrance requirements.
But boys had an edge on some college-entrance tests. On the ACT test, 28 percent of males met or exceeded the ACT college-readiness score in all four subject areas, compared with 22 percent of females.
A version of this article appeared in the September 12, 2012 edition of Education Week as COLLEGE PREPARATION