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Two-Thirds Of Virginia Students Meet Education Goals

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Education officials in Virginia say 68 percent of the state's public schools have met new annual goals in reading, mathematics and graduation.

The state's Department of Education released results of the objectives designed to reduce education gaps between low and high-performing schools, according to the Associated Press. The new benchmarks replace the previous annual progress targets of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

In June, the state was given a waiver by the U.S. Department of Education for certain provisions of the federal law.

Based on the new "ambitious but achievable'' objectives, education officials are directing 4-85 schools to develop and implement improvement plans to raise achievement levels for some races and groups, such as low income students and students with disabilities.

The data is based on results from state standardized tests.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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