gender bias in testing

Shevitz (
Wed, 19 Feb 1997 21:34:23 -0500

Maryland instituted statewide performance assessment tests three years
ago at grades 3, 5, and 8. These tests involve multiple-task, cooperative
learning activities. Unlike the disparities in standardized tests (such as
the SAT) where boys continue to outscore girls in Maryland as well as
nationwide, the results of these performance assessments have shown girls
outscoring boys within all ethnic groups across all grade levels and in
all subject areas (math, reading, social studies). Does anyone have
research about girls outperforming boys on cooperative performance tasks
and on writing tests (as opposed to multiple choice tests)? We're looking
for some short articles or succinct summaries of research findings in this
area. Please respond via edequity or to me directly at;
Linda Shevitz, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 West Baltimore
Street, Baltimore, Md 21201; 410-767-0428; fax410-767-0431. THANKS!

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