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Va. Students Above Average In Science But See Achievement Gaps

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Less than half of Virginia's elementary- and middle-schoolers show a solid grasp of science, and drastic achievement gaps still exist among racial groups.

Results from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress show 46 percent of Virginia fourth-graders and 36 percent of eighth-graders demonstrated at least proficient skills in earth, physical and life sciences, according to a report released Tuesday.

Virginia's students performed better than the national proficiency averages of 32 percent for fourth-graders and 29 percent for eighth-graders on the federal test, also known as "the Nation's Report Card."

Virginia is also doing better than the national average when it comes to closing the achievement gap -- but stark differences are still apparent.

Among whites in Virginia, 59 percent of fourth-graders and 48 percent of eighth-graders were proficient. Eighteen percent of black fourth-graders and 11 percent of eighth-graders showed proficiency.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Join Us At Noon Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

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