According to a joint study from UC Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin (Girls’ and boys’ math performance now equal), males and females are achieving equal scores in math. In the past, equal scores have been attained through elementary school, but once in high school, boys would move ahead in mathematics.
The study attributes this difference to the higher participation rates of boys in advanced math courses. Now, girls are enrolling more in such classes, and the tests scores are speaking for themselves.
Girls are not only making the grade on tests, but according to the study leader, women also earn 48 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in math. While great progress has been made in this area, researchers still warn that stereotypes, such as that of boys being better at math and science, can have a powerful effect on what a child accomplishes. This study is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when equal opportunities are provided.