FILE - In this file photo taken Feb. 21, 2019, seventh grade students from Grace Academy in Hartford, Conn., work together on a robot using plans on a computer at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Though less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, America's girls are showing more mastery of those subjects than their boy classmates, according to newly released national education data made public Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Jim Michaud/Journal Inquirer via AP, File)

Girls outscore boys on tech, engineering, even without class

April 30, 2019 - 1:25 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Though less likely to study in a formal technology or engineering course, America's girls are showing more mastery of those subjects than their boy classmates, according to newly released national education data.

Known as "The Nation's Report Card," the latest findings made public Tuesday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress also shows U.S. eighth-graders in 2018 did significantly better overall.

The report suggests the decade-long effort to champion more opportunities for girls and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math is gaining ground.

The report shows girls are outperforming boys in technology and engineering literacy, even though 61% of male students reported taking at least one technology or engineering class, such as coding or robotics, while only 53% of female students reported doing the same.

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