American eighth-grade girls on average scored better than their male peers in technology and engineering literacy tests, according to a national report card released Tuesday.
Girls scored three points higher than boys overall — a reversal of gender expectations because boys typically score higher than girls in math and science testing, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
American girls, however, have already been gaining ground in those subjects in recent years, the organization said.
The findings of this latest test — the first ever of its kind administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2014 — provide a snapshot of how well American students are versed in an era of rapidly changing technologies.
Female students also did better than males when the questions were related to communication and collaboration (five points higher) and information and communication technology (six points higher).