I think this is a crucial part of the article: “But the Florida Department of Education said the goals recognize that not every group is starting from the same point and are meant to be ambitious but realistic.
As an example, the percentage of white students scoring at or above grade level (as measured by whether they scored a 3 or higher on the reading FCAT) was 69 percent in 2011-2012, according to the state. For black students, it was 38 percent, and for Hispanics, it was 53 percent.”
The title of Dan’s post is mis-leading (and is probably intended to stir up drama). The school district is expecting incremental improvement from all students but it recognizes that not all students can meet the same goal in the same period of time (see quote above). To expect ALL students to reach the same goal in the same period of time would actually indicate that the school district expects more from blacks than it does from Asians.
This is a perfectly rational goal setting exercise. I don’t know how anyone could see it as anything BUT that. People are just too touchy when it comes to race related issue. The unfortunate truth is that race IS generally a predictor of academic performance.
This is also important: “In addition, State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said that setting goals for different subgroups was needed to comply with terms of a waiver that Florida and 32 other states have from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. These waivers were used to make the states independent from some federal regulations”
Read the article before you comment, folks.