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Gender gaps in math persist, with teachers underrating girls’ math skills

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Beginning in early elementary school, boys outperform girls in math — especially among the highest achievers — continuing a troubling pattern found in the late 1990s, finds a new analysis led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The study, published in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, also shows that teachers give lower ratings to girls’ math skills when girls and boys have similar achievement and behavior. In addition, using two national datasets gathered more than a decade apart, this study finds that teachers’ lower ratings of girls are likely contributing to the growth in the gender gap in math.”(more)

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