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The US will no longer be part of an international test of advanced mathematics and physics, reports Science. The National Center for Education Statistics says that it cannot afford the test's cost, but critics say that the Bush administration is pulling out because a bad performance on international tests would reflect badly on the No Child Left Behind Act.

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UK Royal Statistical Society is organizing a working group to develop guidelines for assessing COVID-19 tests, the Guardian reports.

The Washington Post reports that the White House chief of staff has asked the US Food and Drug Administration to justify the stricter standards it is seeking for a coronavirus vaccine.

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