Where the Girls Are: The Facts About Gender Equity in Education

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Where the Girls: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education (2008) takes a close look at girls’ and boys’ educational progress and performance from elementary school to college over the past 35 years. The findings dispel the myth that there is a boys’ crisis in schools, but show that when girls do better in school, so do boys. Analyses of test performance from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the SAT and ACT college entrance examinations, as well as other measures of educational achievement also reveal deep disparities by race/ethnicity and family income. This report is a call for action to refocus the public debate on the deep divisions among schoolchildren by race/ethnicity and family income level.