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Pinellas County teachers are being asked this year to pay closer attention to how their lessons might better engage boys. The district has come up with a "gender equity self-reflection" rubric for teachers to follow, with the goal of improving boys' performance in English language arts. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Pinellas aims to close reading gap between boys and girls

Principal Kristy Cantu pored over Sutherland Elementary's test scores last year, looking for trends. She found one that schools nationwide grapple with: boys lagging behind girls in reading. "It was noticeable enough that we wanted to address it," Cantu said. Scores from the state's 2016 English language arts test  …