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Boys’ reading gap – is it in the testing?

Sun 22 January 17

Boys tend to lag behind girls in school reading tests, but this gap seemingly disappears as they reach young adulthood. This anomaly has been questioned by researchers across the globe for decades and new research from Norway suggests the content and skills tested in international reading tests need to be reviewed to gauge whether there really is a significant gap between genders. Researchers from the University of Stavanger looked at two major international reading tests for primary and early-teen aged children in their study (Progress in International Literacy Survey and the Programme for International Student Assessment). Both reading tests measured whether pupils could extract information from a text, draw simple conclusions, interpret and compare information, assess language, content and literary Click here to continue reading.

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