Girls are better writers than boys---at least that's the word from the national assessment of educational progress.
The group tested thousands of students in eighth and 12th grades.
Students were asked to perform writing tasks in three areas: to persuade, to explain and to convey an experience.
On average, female students in the eighth grade scored 160, while their male counterparts scored 140.
One of the reasons for such big differences in test scores is girls actually like writing better than boys.
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