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Why Do Some of the Nation’s Wealthiest Districts Have the Worst Gender Gaps in Math and Reading?

It’s a truism of U.S. education: Boys tend to score better than girls on math tests, and girls outperform boys in reading. But those gender gaps aren’t universal. In fact, the most comprehensive study to date suggests the size and even the direction of gender gaps vary from one school district to another.

In a new study comparing gender gaps across nearly 10,000 districts nationwide, researchers from Stanford University and the Learning Policy Institute found no average gender gap in math, and a gap of nearly three-quarters of a grade level favoring girls in reading.