GENDER GAP IN READINGA COMPARISON OF THE READING TAKS SCORESAMONG 8TH GRADE MINORITY AND ECONOMICALLYDISADVANTAGED MALES TO THEIR FEMALE PEERS Nikki Thibault, Sam Houston State University In partial fulfillment of the Master of Education degree
Are boys in crisis? The nation is growing concerned about the academic achievement of boys.(The images above are linked to author pages, book reviews or original sources.)
General Evidence of a Boy Crisis Boys GirlsLower Report Card GradesHigher High School Drop Out RateMinority of Students Enrolled in Higher Ed. 80% Diagnosed as Emotionally DisturbedMore Likely to Engage in Criminal ActivityMore Negative Attitudes Toward ReadingNegative Attitude Toward Reading Growswith AgeLower Reading & Writing Test ScoresSadker, 2011 Stolzer, 2008 Baker & Wigfield, 1999
Boys and LiteracyAn in-depth look at boys’ performance on theNational Assessment of Educational Progress(NAEP)
NAEP: “The Nation’s Report Card” Boys perform consistently below their female peers on reading assessments at every grade level tested and among every ethnicity (Mead, 2006).(The graph above is linked to Mead’s 2006 analysis of NAEP data.)
Reading Gender Gaps by RaceReading achievement gaps by race are more significantthan achievement gaps by gender (Mead, 2006).
NAEP National vs. State Scores State scores on the NAEP Reading/Writing tests are similar to aggregate national scores. The gender gap in reading is still present when NAEP data is analyzed by state. (Louie & Ehrlich, 2008)
NAEP Performance Clusters “Proficient and “Below Basic” Advanced” (Not prepared for most (prepared for higher ed occupations) and the workforce All Males 32% 26% All Females 21% 37% Black Males 53% -- Black Females 38% --(Kleinfield ,2009)
A New StudyReplicating Mead’s analysis of the NAEPReading scores with an in-depth look at TAKSReading scores
My Research Focus Quantitative analysis of reading achievement Reading TAKS scores from 2003 to 2010 Eighth grade males versus females Across ethnicities and socioeconomic status District-wide**The school district being analyzed requested anonymity.
Research Design: Two Perspectives Percent Meeting Expectation Average Score as Percentage Boys Girls Boys GirlsCaucasian CaucasianAfrican American African AmericanHispanic HispanicEconomically EconomicallyDisadvantaged DisadvantagedNot NotDisadvantaged Disadvantaged
Research Hypothesis & Implications The test scores I analyze will not only reveal a gap between genders, but also show that minority boys and boys in poverty lag even further behind. Evidence will validate or diffuse the hype about boys and ensure that educators direct their efforts to where they are needed most.
Summary Boys in America perform below their female counterparts on reading assessments. Other indicators of school success show a gap between boys and girls (motivation, preparedness, behavior, etc.) Boys in poverty and boys of minority races show an even poorer performance on these indicators.
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ReferencesKleinfeld, J. (2009). The state of American boyhood. Gender Issues, 26(2), 113-129. doi:10.1007/s12147-009-9074-zLouie, J., and Ehrlich, S. (2008). Gender gaps in assessment outcomes in Vermont and the United States (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2008–No. 062). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.Mead, Sara. (2006, June). The evidence suggests otherwise: the truth about boys and girls. Retrieved from http://www.educationsector.org/publications/truth-about- boys-and-girls
References, cont’dNewkirk, T. (2002). Misreading masculinity: boys, literacy, and popular culture. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Educational Books.Sadker, D. (2011). An educators primer on the gender war. Phi Delta Kappan, 92(5), 81-88. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.Stolzer, J. M. (2008). Boys and the American education system: a biocultural review of the literature. Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry, 10(2), 80-95. doi:10.1891/1559-4318.104.22.168Tyre, P. (2009). The trouble with boys: a surprising report card on our sons, their problems at school, and what parents and educators must do. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press.
References, cont’dU.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2010). Digest of Education Statistics, 2009 (NCES 2010-013), Chapter 2.Whitmire, R. (2010). Why boys fail: saving our sons from an educational system thats leaving them behind. New York, NY: Amacom Books.