The Associated Press reports that government data suggests that children in major United States cities perform worse than other students on science tests administered in elementary and middle school. 10 urban school districts volunteered to take the tests and have the results compared to public schools nationwide. Fourth graders in nine of the 10 schools tested scored lower on average than students in public schools nationally. In eighth grade, all 10 urban schools had scores lower than the national average. These districts enroll a disproportionately high number of minorities, children with limited English ability, and children from low-income families. This...

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