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    A level results out today show a change in the gender gap as boys' results improve faster than girls'.

    What do you think to this? Do you think gender really makes a difference to exam results, or is this all just some statisticians getting their causality and correlation all mixed up?

    (Original post by BBC News)
    Girls are still more likely than boys to get an A* or an A, but boys this year were slightly more likely to get the highest grade - A*.

    A total of 7.9% of boys' entries got an A*, compared with 7.4% of those of girls.

    When As and A*s are grouped together, girls perform best - with 26.7% of their entries hitting this mark, compared with 25.9% for those of boys.
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    That's what I would have expected, to be honest.

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    Boys are lazy *****.

    don't think that's changed, so yeah maybe girls are becoming lazy ***** too!
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    This is just my experience, so it may be a one off.

    Boys who weren't particularly academically gifted from my school were persuaded by parents to go into apprenticeships and learn a trade, and they did. Girls who didn't do particularly well were encouraged to go to college anyway. That obviously affected my college's result difference between genders.
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    Interesting for stats purposes. But the media are irrationally obsessed with the gender debate. Riles up discussion I suppose.
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    Boys will be boys till the end! loooool.
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    As far as I am aware:

    -Maths is the subject that gets the most A* grades, because if you understand it, it's very black-and-white - know the techniques and you'll usually do very well.

    -More boys take maths than girls do. This is due to a multitude of factors, one being that the generalisation 'boys do sciences, girls do arts' is obviously not true for everyone but it is a general trend.
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    0.5% difference? Come on, that's not a lot of difference! Stats like this don't even really tell the whole story; and what do they even mean tbh? It doesn't mean boys are more intelligent- whatever that means- than girls
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    (Original post by Becca-Sarah)
    A level results out today show a change in the gender gap as boys' results improve faster than girls'.

    What do you think to this? Do you think gender really makes a difference to exam results, or is this all just some statisticians getting their causality and correlation all mixed up?
    Is the 0.5% even a significant difference? What if it was 0.4% or 0.01% would it still make the news?

    It doesn't mean anything.
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    (Original post by paradoxicalme)
    As far as I am aware:

    -Maths is the subject that gets the most A* grades, because if you understand it, it's very black-and-white - know the techniques and you'll usually do very well.

    -More boys take maths than girls do. This is due to a multitude of factors, one being that the generalisation 'boys do sciences, girls do arts' is obviously not true for everyone but it is a general trend.
    Good point. This additional info is from the Guardian website:

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    Among the major subject categories, male candidates received fewer A* grades in English, while female candidates received notably fewer A* grades in economics, geography, physics and maths.

    In maths, while 18% of male candidates received A* grades, a slight increase on 2012, only 14.8% of female candidates did so - a 1.8 percentage point fall compared with 2012.
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    It was all a stupid stat anyway, considering a lot more boys do the 'harder' subjects anyway.
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    (Original post by ejw93)
    It was all a stupid stat anyway, considering a lot more boys do the 'harder' subjects anyway.
    English, languages and art/drama are all majority-girl subjects, and they're bloody hard to get good grades in.
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    I would put this down to more boys doing 'objective' subjects like maths, further maths and physics, where it is somewhat easier to score an A* than in something like history where your marks is dependent a lot on the whims of an examiner.
 
 
 
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