On the first national assessment of technology and engineering skills, 8th grade girls scored higher on average than 8th grade boys.
And suburban and rural students significantly outscored their peers in cities.
But those gaps were significantly smaller than the familiar gaps between wealthier students and their less-affluent peers, and among racial and ethnic groups, that crop up on national assessments in other subject areas.
The technology and engineering results come from the first new test in a decade from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as NAEP or the “nation’s report card.”
Credit: Education Week