Does the education gender gap favor girls in D-51?

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education, more females are graduating high school, with 83 percent of girls graduating compared to 75 percent of boys.

Fourth grade teacher David McCall at Fruitvale Elementary said in his seven years of teaching, he has never really noticed a gender gap. McCall said he has struggling students each year, but he doesn't see one gender out performing the other.

"I think one of the big things is figuring out exactly what motivates them. Every student is different, so you have to figure out what motivates them, what they are interested in," said McCall.

District 51 Elementary Director Lesley Rose Said when you look at the T-CAP test scores, boys outperform girls in math at the elementary and high school level, but girls out perform boys at every level in reading and writing.

"Girls need more sedentary learning, where boys need to be able to get up and move around and manipulate things with their hands," said Rose.

Over the last six years, on average 77 percent of girls graduated high school, while 70 percent of boys graduated in Mesa County. Since 2007, the female graduation rate has increased by 12 percent, while the male rate has only bumped up five percent, with more than 83 percent of girls graduating in 2012 compared to 72 percent of boys.

"As teachers we are really focused on meeting the needs for every learner, so figuring out what it is that he or she needs to be successful," said McCall.

The U.S. Department of Education projects that by 2019, women will make up 59 percent of undergraduates enrolled in colleges and universities and 61 percent of graduate degree enrollment.

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