Op-Ed: To Close The Achievement Gap, Don't Lower The Bar

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Correction: The introduction to this story incorrectly states that Virginia and Florida have adopted standards that differ according to the race of the student and whether the student is disabled. Neither state has adopted such standards. Florida and Virginia have adopted standards setting different annual goals for subgroups of students in the lowest-performing schools. All individual students must meet the same proficiency standards.

Florida and Virginia have adopted new academic standards setting different performance goals for subgroups of students in low-performing schools. In a Miami Herald piece, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts argues that lowering the bar is not the way to fix the education system.

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