Last week the Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that would require different achievement goals for students in reading and math according to race. By 2018 the Board wants 92 percent of Asian students, 86 percent of white students, 80 percent of Latino students and 74 percent of African-American students to read at or above grade level. They have also set similar standards in Math proficiency.The Florida State Board of Education believes the breakdown of these percentages according to race is realistic. It says not all students start out from the same point. The CBS News affiliate in Tampa quotes State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan saying the goals needed to be divided into ethnic groups in order to comply with a waiver that makes states independent from the Federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act. As anyone would predict, (except perhaps the Florida State Board of Education) these new benchmarks have created a firestorm of criticism from teachers, parents and leaders in the Latino and African-American communities. For many, lowering the bar for some students and not for others sends the wrong message. Others call it for what it is: racist.