Florida's Race Based Student Achievement Program Draws Criticism
Six-year plan to grade students on a curve based on income and race.
The state of Florida is in the news again.
This time its for a newly passed education plan where school students will be graded on a curve, based on their household income and race.
The Miami Herald reports:
Last week, the state Board of Education approved a new six-year strategic plan with student-achievement goals that vary based upon race, income, disability and English proficiency. For example, Florida hopes to have 86 percent of white students at or above grade level in math, but for black students the goal is 74 percent.
As of now, 38 percent of black students currently read at grade level; Hispanics, 53 percent; and white students, 69 percent. The new goals for those students in reading: for whites, 88 percent; for Hispanics, 81 percent; and 74 percent for black students.
“I find differentiated race- or ethnicity-related academic goals very offensive, and they send the wrong signal to all Floridians,” Board of Education Member John Padget wrote in an email. He is pushing for the new policy to be changed or done away with completely.