Comparing the reading abilities of boys and girls
Girls are better at reading than boys.
Reading and gender
Most studies done recently show that girls are outperforming boys on reading assessments. Studies have also found that nearly 50% of girls read for at least 30 minutes a day compared to only 30% of boys who do the same.
Reading assessments conducted at international levels indicate that girls are outperforming boys in their reading skills. The National Assessment in Educational Progress (NEAP) conducted in the United States has indicated that the reading standards of boys is on the decline, whereas the reading level of girls is on the rise.
Researchers recently found that boys and girls process language differently. Boys tend to process language using the sensory parts of the brain. This means that when boys are reading and listening, they tend to use the visual and auditory parts of the brain. As for girls, when they are reading, they tend to use the part of the brain that processes language and abstract thinking. These findings were determined through the use of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) on boys and girls aged 9 to 15 while they were writing and spelling.