Reading & Literacy

Tackling Boys’ Reading Difficulties

By Catherine Gewertz — April 12, 2010 1 min read
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The education gaps between boys and girls have long drawn attention. For a while, the focus was on girls lagging behind boys in math and science. More lately, attention has been focusing on how boys trail behind girls in reading.

A new report by the Center on Education Policy examines this issue. (See my colleague Erik Robelen’s story about the report, as well.)

The center’s president, Jack Jennings, offers an overview in a commentary newly posted on, and argues for systematic strategies to address the boy-girl reading gap.

When I reported the most recent NAEP reading scores recently, I noted that boys’ scores were improving more quickly than were girls in recent years. The Center on Education Policy report examines the gender gap on state tests.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.