BROOKLAND, Ark. (KAIT) - There is a large gap in literacy rates between male and female students in Arkansas.
According to the most recent test scores, girls are ahead by at least five percent in several Arkansas school districts from third to eighth grade.
The Brookland curriculum director said there's a simple answer: boys just don't like to read as much as girls.
To combat this, Nicole Covey said Brookland schools have plenty of books available for boys and teachers make time during the school day to read them.
Covey said the first step for boys is to make sure they enjoy reading. Then, to increase literacy rates, the second step is to understand what they're reading.
"No matter what it is they're reading, you've got to find a way to get that information to make inferences, to make generalizations, or just to be able to put in your own words what is was that you just read and what you're going to do with that information," said Covey.
Covey said parents also play a huge role. She said you don't always have to make kids sit down and read a book with you, just have them read everyday things like cereal boxes, billboards and menus.
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