The Test Results That Best Explain the STEM Gender Gap are not the Math Scores

The article by Sarah Todd narrates results from a study conducted using the data from PISA 2012 to support the claim that the stereotype of girls not being good at math is false. The study reported that girls showed to have a 'comparative advantage' in reading, and are almost as good as boys in math. It is further highlighted in the article that the girls opting for careers other than in STEM fields is mainly because they perform better in humanities. Therefore, an ideal way to bridge this gap, policymakers agree on, is to focus on improving the reading skills of boys.

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