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Girls catch up to boys in math, science


Queen’s University education expert Don Klinger is available to comment on the recent Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) report that indicates girls have caught up to boys in math and pulled ahead in science.

“The most recent PCAP results largely support the gender differences that have been consistently found in reading, and the small, and inconsistent differences in math,” says Dr. Klinger. “Of some surprise in the PCAP results were the findings in science. Historically, this is one area in which boys have reported higher overall achievement than girls.”

Dr. Klinger conducts research on large-scale assessment programs and the factors associated with student achievement on such assessment. He led the research team that completed the 2009 study entitled Towards an Understanding of Gender Differences in Literacy Achievement.

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