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Girls outperform boys in first national test on tech and engineering abilities

By WITW Staff on May 17, 2016

Eighth-grade girls outperformed their male peers on a technology and engineering test given for the first time in 2014, according to The Washington Post. The test, which gave students challenges like designing their own safe bike lane or creating a healthy habitat for a classroom pet, was designed to measure abilities in understanding technological principles, designing solutions, communicating, and collaborating. Forty-five percent of girls that took the test scored proficiently, while only 42 percent of boys scored a proficiency rating.

There were also racial and socioeconomic gaps apparent in the test results, according to the Post. Nearly 60 percent of affluent students were proficient, as opposed to only 25 percent of students who received free- and reduced-price lunch. Only 18 percent of black students and 28 percent of Latino students received proficient scores, while 56 percent of white and Asian students scored proficient.

The test was part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, which is also known as the Nation’s Report Card for the data it provides on the nation’s reading and math levels. The technology portion of the exam is a new addition to the test, and was given for the first time to 21,500 students at 800 schools nationwide.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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