Are girls’ math skills different than boys’? Evidence from an early grade numeracy assessment in five countries

Numeracy Boost is Save the Children’s early grades math approach which focuses on supporting teachers, students, and communities to improve and strengthen foundational math skills. It is based on expert input, research on how children learn math, and best practices in early math education. Numeracy Boost has been implemented in seven countries, in both development and humanitarian settings. Data collected on student learning outcomes and student’s home numeracy environment has provided SC with a deeper understanding of children's foundational math skills and various trends in math as they relate to types of skills, gender, home environment and socio-economic background. This investigation will use data on student learning outcomes collected from the Numeracy Boost assessment across five countries as a first step in better understanding what we can learn in terms of the relationship between gender and math acquisition in the early primary grades.