The Washington Examiner has a brief article on education that we can cross-reference to the imagine-if-the-situation-were-reversed file:
The report, released by the College Board, looked at the test scores of college-bound seniors in 2016, and reviewed high school data demographics. Girls, it turns out, are doing much better in high school than boys. In a chart compiled by American Enterprise Scholar Mark Perry, it’s clear that girls are outperforming boys on nearly every level in high school.
According to the College Board’s demographic information, nationwide, America’s top 10% of students (measured among those who took the SAT) is 56% female and 44% male. Girls make up 60% of students with A+ averages and 61% of those with A averages, and they make up 55-65% of students who take AP courses, depending on the subject (55% in math to 65% in art and music).
In case you’re wondering, boys in Rhode Island do even worse. Of students who took the SAT, 59% of those who say they’re in the top 10% of their classes were female, and so were 68% of those with A+ averages. Rhode Island has a slightly smaller gap when it comes to AP tests, though, ranging from 54% to 64% female.
If anything, this understates the gender gap. Boys made up only 47% of SAT takers nationwide and 46% in Rhode Island, and because the likelihood of taking the test probably goes up with academic performance, boys almost certainly do worse among those who didn’t take the SAT.
If these numbers pointed in the other direction — finding that more than two-thirds of students in the top 10% of their classes were boys — there would be front-page pie charts in the Providence Journal proving that Rhode Island was leaving its girls behind. Instead, far from worrying that we’re shortchanging our boys, we have a governor who proudly has an (unconstitutional) annual contest just for girls with scarcely a peep from the people and organizations who generally care so much about demographic gaps.