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Male Students Score Higher Than Female Students Overall, but not in Every Content Area

  • In 2005 at grade 12, male students scored higher on average in mathematics than female students.
  • When the results were examined by each of the four content areas, the scores for male students were only higher than the scores for female students in the number properties and operations and the measurement and geometry content areas. The apparent score differences in other content areas were not statistically significant. 
Average twelfth-grade NAEP mathematics scores in 2005, by gender and content area
Content area Male Female
Number properties and operations 152 148
Measurement and geometry 152 148
Data analysis and probability 151 149
Algebra 151 150

NOTE: View complete data with standard errors for number properties and operationsmeasurement and geometrydata analysis and probability, and algebra.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2005 Mathematics Assessment.

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