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Lack of proficiency

Most U.S. students are not proficient in science, and many lack basic skills, according to a national education report on 2009 data. Virginia's performance was in the upper tier among states, and Maryland was in the middle.

Chart shows most U.S. students are not proficient in science, and many lack basic skills.

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U.S. students falling short in science
Article | About two-thirds of U.S. fourth-graders failed to show proficiency in science in 2009, the federal government reported Tuesday, meaning that the average student was likely to be stumped when asked to interpret a temperature graph or explain an example of heat transfer.
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National science test scores disappoint
Article | More than two-thirds of the nation's fourth-graders failed to show proficiency in science in 2009, the federal government reported Tuesday, meaning that the average student was likely to be stumped when asked to interpret a temperature graph or explain an example of heat transfer.

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