And yet we still see that boys outscore girls on objective tests and there is a divergence between test scores and letter grades. If they're both supposed to be measuring content mastery, then something is amiss. If grades measure busy work, and girls are more compliant in terms of completing busy work than boys, which they are, then this goes a long way to explaining why we see girls earning higher grades and boys scoring higher on objective tests.
Originally Posted by sangha
So now the question becomes, how much should we reward busy work?
Worries about the declining academic performance of boys, a topic of increasing alarm this past decade, have intensified recently. It seems that boys are being judged both unduly harshly and leniently at school. A new study on gender disparities in elementary-school performance — the first study to examine both objective and subjective performance — found that boys were given lower grades than girls, even in cases (such as math and science) where their test scores were either equal to or higher than the girls’ test scores.