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Are there variations in reading ability among boys and girls?

According to the latest assessment of adult literacy in this country released in 2005, the reading skills of American adults have declined dramatically from 1992 to 2003. The decline in literacy skills among college graduates and those with graduate study or degrees rated “proficient” was confined to males:

The percentage of highly educated males rated “proficient” in all three kinds of literacy assessed (prose reading, document reading, and quantitative reasoning, as defined by NCES) declined.

The percentage of highly educated females rated “proficient” in the first two kinds of literacy remained the same, and in the third kind increased somewhat.

Source: S. Stotsky (2009). “What boys are reading: Is the secondary English curriculum contributing to the decline in male reading skills?”