Orange Schools to bypass race standards - FOX 35 News Orlando

Orange Schools to bypass race standards

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The Florida Board of Education has introduced newstandards for improvement, where one racial group will not have to perform aswell as others.  The Orange County School District said they expect their kids to perform as well, or much better, than the standards set forth by the state. 

One area principal said herexpectations remain the same.

"It is a very difficult test for many of my students. Noone will tell you any differently," said Evans High School Principal Jenny Gibson-Linkh.  "It is an expectation that 100 percent ofmy students will be on grade level."

The new standards call for 91 percent of Asian studentsto read at or above grade level, 88 percent of white children, 81 percent ofHispanic students, and just 74 percent of African Americans.  Orange County School BoardMember Joie Cadle said one thing people are missing in the uproar over thestandards is that all children are being asked to learn more, and learn theexact same amount more.

"They have set a growth model that they are applying toeach group equally."

She said the expectation is that by the 2017-2018 schoolyear, there must be a 40 percent improvement across all races for readingscores. She also says the District will not let students fall through thecracks, or teachers ignore certain racial groups because the state has lowerstandards.

"We do not Look at color, race or ethnicity, to say ‘ohthis one will learn, or that one won't learn."

Gibson-Linkh says one of the thingsthat can improve student scores is a little help.

"We always need our parents support. We always need ourparents to help us, and to be that person at home helping us to challenge, andyou know, to provide that extra assistance at home."

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