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82 Percent Of Maryland Kindergarteners Are School-Ready

An assessment of kindergartners in Maryland shows young children in the state have made huge gains over the past decade in terms of their readiness for school.

Maryland was one of the first states to give kindergarten students a comprehensive skills test. It's based on observations from teachers in the first months of school.

The Washington Post reports that for the 2012-13 school year, 82 percent of kindergartners statewide were found to be school-ready. That's up from 49 percent in 2001-02. The achievement gap is relatively small, with 79 percent African-American students in the school-ready category.

In Montgomery County, school readiness was at 80 percent. In Prince George's County, it's 73 percent, up from 36 percent in 2001-02.

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'Game Of Thrones' Finale Sunday Caps A Season Of Satisfaction

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says HBO's most popular series soared this year with plots that moved beyond George R.R. Martin's published books.
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With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
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Analysis Of The Last Supreme Court Decisions Of The Term

Analysis of the Supreme Court's last decisions of the term and the impact of a vacant seat on the bench.

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Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. And with our online quiz, you too can give it a try.

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