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By Andy Salsman
|  Thursday, Sep 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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DC Schools Consider Sex Ed Exam

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Where to babies come from? That may soon be more than just a question little kids ask their parents; it might be a question on a test D.C. public school students take.

The District plans on testing students on their knowledge of human sexuality, contraception and drug use.

The 50-question test will be given to students in 5th, 8th and 10th grades. It will be the first standardized test in the country that covers health and sex education. Administrators hope to give the exam this spring.

Washington has some of the nation’s highest childhood obesity, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease rates.

School leaders hope this test will help them figure out what students know about risky behavior.

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