The Florida Board of Education has met with opposition for approving a strategic plan this week that will categorize students’ academic performance based on race and ethnicity.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the board approved the plan Tuesday and a part of it aims to reduce below grade level performance by categorizing K-12 students into subgroups and setting goals for each one.
The criticism is about the disparity between each group’s goals. According to the plan, the state wants 90 percent of Asian, 88 percent of white, 82 percent of American Indian, 81 percent of Hispanic and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level by the year 2018.
For math, the state set goals of 92 percent for Asian, 86 percent for white, 81 percent for American Indian, 80 percent for Hispanic and 74 percent for black students.
“All children should be held to high standards and for them to say that for African-Americans the goal is below other students is unacceptable,” Patrick Franklin, president and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County, told the Sun Sentinel.