Girls Outperform Boys on First NAEP Technology, Engineering Test

Girls Outperform Boys on First NAEP Technology, Engineering Test

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The results of the first NAEP technology and engineering test offer useful information for STEM education stakeholders. Eighth-grade girls outscored boys: 45% of girls and 42% of boys scored at the proficient level or above on the exam. Achievement gaps were prominent: 18% of Black students and 28% of Hispanic students achieved proficient or better, compared to 56% of Asian and white students. Only 5% of English language learners scored proficient or above. The computer-based Technology & Engineering Literacy test (TEL), administered in 2014, was designed to measure students’ ability to understand technological principles, their collaboration skills, and their ability to solve technology and engineering-related problems. It was administered to more than 21,000 students in more than 800 schools nationwide. Full results here.