In Brief: Apr. 23, 2001

READING GAP The results of the recent biennial National Assessments of Educational Progress show that the average reading-test score of fourth-graders was the same as in 1992, but there is a growing achievement gap. While students in the top 10% increased their average scores from 261 to 264, the kids in the bottom 10% dropped from 170 to 163. The kids with lower scores also reported that they spent less time discussing their schoolwork with parents.

BREAST-FEEDING BONUS A study from the London Institute of Child Health has found that premature babies who were fed breast milk were not only healthier...

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