An Education Gap RI’s Compassion Class Doesn’t Seem to Care About

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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.



  • Joe Smith

    Little late to the party..look at PARCC scores by gender for last two years..in RI and MA..or smarter balance in VT, etc.. lower proficiency scores in ELA cut across all schools and socioeconomic gaps;

    It’s 9% at Grade 3 and then doubles by Grade 8; 22% at Blackstone Valley; almost 20% in Barrington; double the rate in Providence..

    The Commissioner is silent on this..good luck to the Gov getting 75% (or anywhere close) without addressing the gender difference in literacy..

    The interesting question is with two years or data (plus the trend started with NECAP), why has RIDE and the Commissioner been silent on this issue?

    And for SAT is makes perfect economic sense..females are marrying later; trade and other (HS degree only jobs) jobs favor males; rising divorce rates; higher prison rates for males (esp black males)..all incentivize women more than men to have a college degree..no surprise the college graduate rates skew by gender too..

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