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Brookings Live: Girls, boys, and reading

Girls outscore boys on practically every reading test given to a large population. And they have for a long time. A 1942 Iowa study found girls performing better than boys on tests of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and basic language skills, and girls have outscored boys on every reading test ever given by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This gap is not confined to the U.S. Reading tests administered as part of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveal that the gender gap is a worldwide phenomenon.

On March 26, join Brown Center experts Tom Loveless and Matthew Chingos as they discuss the latest Brown Center Report on American Education, which examines this phenomenon. Hear what Loveless’s analysis revealed about where the gender gap stands today and how it’s trended over the past several decades – in the U.S. and around the world.

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Brookings Live: Girls, boys, and reading

An online discussion about the gender gap in reading. 

Matthew M. Chingos

Former Brookings Expert

Senior Fellow, Director of Education Policy Program - Urban Institute

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