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Girls Just Outperformed Boys On This National Test Given for the First Time

Girls Just Outperformed Boys On This National Test Given for the First Time

Eighth-grade girls beat their male peers in the first national test measuring technology and engineering abilities, according to results made public Tuesday.

The test was administered under the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) also known as the "Nation's Report Card," which provides data on America's math and reading levels.

The technology portion of the exam was given for the first time in 2014 to 21,500 students at 800 schools across the nation. The new tech addition required students to solve challenges like designing their own secure bike lane or establishing a healthy space for a class pet. The challenges were created to assess the students' abilities in understanding technological principles, designing solutions, communicating, and collaborating.

Forty-five percent of female students that took the test achieved proficiency in the exam, while only 42 percent of boys scored a proficiency rating.

Could these girls be the next trailblazing women in STEM? We certainly hope so.

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