Why do boys' reading skills lag behind girls?

01/20/2013 | Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.), The

National test scores often show that girls outperform boys in reading. Education officials in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley say schools in their area are no exception. Pennsylvania System of School Assessment test scores from 2012 show girls outperformed boys by 5 to 9 points in reading. Pennsylvania schools are taking steps to close the gap. For example, one elementary school is focusing on helping boys recognize that there is reading for fun and reading for information.

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