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State Board of Education Challenged on Performance Expectations

Tonisha Johnson, Spectrum News 1 |

The Ohio State Board of Education is facing new criticism for what the Campaign for African American Achievement and the Ohio NAACP said is a failure to treat Black and white students equally when it comes to academic expectations. 

Ohio State Board of Education is accused of lowering academic expectations in reading and English Language Arts for Black students and raising them for white students in their 10-year Every Student Succeeds plan. 

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said what’s listed in the department’s 10-year plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act are not “expectations,” but “proficiency” benchmarks. Some believe the benchmarks violate the Brown v. Board of Education when it comes to equality.

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