Gender Differences Persist in Many Subjects
|Subject||Year||Males: Grade 12||Females: Grade 12||M-F Difference||Prob.|
MP: The national average test scores by gender in the table above for students in grade 12 show that there are still statistically significant differences in performance on standardized tests in math, science, reading, writing and economics, according to U.S. Department of Education data available here. For standardized tests in math, science and economics, boys score significantly higher on average than girls in grade 12, and for reading and writing tests, girls score significantly higher than boys (all at a 1% level of statistical significance or higher).
So there are gender differences in not only math performance, but also for science, reading, writing and economics, and these differences persist over time. Perhaps parents, teachers and everybody else should just revise their thoughts about this and accept the reality that there are gender differences in cognitive abilities. Is that so terribly bad that girls might be naturally better at reading and writing and boys are naturally better at math and science?
Update: The chart below displays average SAT math test scores by gender from 1972 to 2011, showing a persistent and significant male advantage in average math performance. Were these results part of the "mountains of data - including SAT results" that Janet Hyde's team looked at to arrive at their conclusion that "there just aren't gender differences in math performance?"