Race-Based Academic Goals

I couldn’t let news out of Florida late last week go by without comment.  CBS Tampa reported that the Florida State Board of Education passed a plan for racially-based academic goals.

On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities.

Of course all this is determined by the FCAT which proven to be a *brilliant* achievement in and of itself.

…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.

Oh and we have the Obama administration to thank for this.

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. (emphasis mine)

Can somebody explain to me how this can be seen as anything other than racist.  Let’s lower expectations (or raise them) because of the color of a student’s skin.  Their goal should be 100% literacy – period.