Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

The Atlantic

New research shows that girls are ahead in every subject, including math and science. Do today’s grading methods skew in their favor?
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As the new school year ramps up, teachers and parents need to be reminded of a well-kept secret: Across all grade levels and academic subjects, girls earn higher grades than boys. Not just in the United States, but across the globe, in countries as far afield as Norway and Hong Kong.

This finding is reflected in a recent study by psychology professors Daniel and Susan Voyer at the University of New Brunswick. The Voyers based their results on a meta-analysis of 369 studies involving the academic grades of over one million boys and girls from 30 different nations. The findings are unquestionably robust: Girls earn higher grades in every subject, including the science-related fields where boys are thought to…

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