Some of the gender gap problem lies in standardized academic tests, said Brock University education assistant professor Joe Engemann, who studies boys' literacy.
While research shows boys are less interested in reading and take a longer time to pick up literacy skills, large-scale assessments tend to favour girls, Engemann
"There's definitely a need for generators of large-scale tests, like EQAO (and other tests), that they need to look at differentiating what boys are interested in reading within those tests, than girls," Engemann
said."That's not available."