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JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) - Four centuries after some of the first enslaved Africans were brought to English-controlled North America, plans are underway to commemorate their arrival in Virginia and reckon with slavery's legacy.

In 1619, Africans came on two ships that had recently raided what's believed to have been a Spanish slave vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. Sailing into what's now Hampton, Virginia, the ships traded more than 30 Africans for food and supplies.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two civil rights groups are suing state and local officials, claiming Delaware is failing students from low-income families, students with disabilities and students who are learning English.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Court of Chancery on behalf of Delawareans for Educational Opportunity and the Delaware NAACP.

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The results of the Delaware test scores are in.

State officials found that while there was greater proficiency in math and English only about half of all students met the proficiency cutoff.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that these are the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessments given to grades 3 through 8.

The paper reports that 45 percent of students were proficient in math in 2017 compared with 44 percent the year before.

Meanwhile, in English the tests found 54 percent were proficient compared with 55 percent in 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students across Maryland generally improved their math scores from last year on the state's annual standardized test, but once again fewer than half of the test-takers were able to pass.

The Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday released the scores for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam.

The tests, which debuted during the 2014-15 school year, were given in grades three through eight, and in two subjects in high school.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware students performed better on the Smarter Balanced Assessment this year, but still only about half are proficient in the two subjects tested - English and math.

The state Department of Education released figures Thursday showing 55 percent of students showed they are proficient in English and 44 percent showed they are proficient in math, compared to 52 percent and 41 percent, respectively, last year.

Department of Education spokesman Michael Watson says officials want to maintain an increase of three percent per year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Education says it plans to gradually increase the standardized test scores that students must achieve to earn a high school diploma starting next school year.

The agency said Wednesday it will publish the proposed rule soon in the Maryland Register, followed by a 30-day public-comment period.

The class of 2017 will be the first affected. Under the proposal, they would have to get a combined score of 1,450 on 10th-grade English and Algebra I exams from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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There is a lot of turnover in teachers at schools serving high poverty areas in Delaware.

A state Department of Education reports finds that many teachers are inexperienced.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that among the finding was that high-poverty schools have turnover rates of 20 percent compared to 11 percent on average.

Another 14 percent of teachers who instruct high-needs students are at the beginning of their careers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A historic Wilmington church is officially becoming part of Delaware's new National Historical Park.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper planned to join the Rev. Patricia Downing on Monday for the signing of a cooperative easement agreement adding Old Swedes Church to the park.

The church is the oldest in the country standing as originally built and still used for worship. It was built in the late 1690s by descendants of Swedish colonists who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Kalmar Nyckel in 1638.