Remember hearing about Virginia having different performance standards for students based on race and disability? Well, Florida has already adopted differing standards and (surprise!) the Sunshine State is also calling for a lower bar for black, hispanic and disabled students than is required for their white counterparts.
Are these moves by Virginia and Florida a cynical end-run around No Child Left Behind? Or is it a realistic look at where students of color often start, the ground they often need to make up, and a true interim solution (as it is claimed by these states) to educating all children to the same standards?
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Leonard Pitts has something to say about these standards and the message it sends to kids of color. He’s worth quoting at length here: “… it burns — I tell you this from experience — to realize people have judged you by a lower standard, especially when you had the ability to meet the higher one all along.”
Read his full column here.