Scott: Achievement gap in Fla. plan 'unacceptable'

Published On: Oct 17 2012 06:48:39 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Gov. Rick Scott says an achievement gap in Florida's strategic plan for public schools is "unacceptable."

The governor on Tuesday issued a statement calling for the State Board of Education to more completely recognize the state's goal is to completely close the gap between minority and white students.

Board chairman Gary Chartrand also released a statement saying he asked the Department of Education to include a footnote in the plan. It will say the state's overall goal is 100 percent proficiency for all students.

But Chartrand noted the board had to acknowledge in the five-year plan that each ethnic group has a different starting point.

The plan calls for narrowing but not completely closing that gap for black and Hispanic students by the 2017-18 school year.