If you don't think public education is going to the dogs, stick with me.
The Florida State Board of Education--and that's an oxymoron--just voted to lower the standards needed to pass the writing part of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test [FCAT], a test that is administered in public elementary, middle and high schools.
And, in the days following their announcement, came the news that nearly half of all Florida high school students failed the reading portion of the FCAT; just 52% of Florida of freshman students and 50% of sophomores scored at their grade levels, while the rest scored below.
Students in the 10th grade must pass the FCAT in order to graduate but can retake it if they fail.
"We are asking more from our students and teachers than we ever have, and I am proud of their hard work," Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a statement.
Hard work? Half the students failed. But, that is actually good news, because the Florida State Board of Education's preliminary findings suggested only 30% would pass.
"As Florida transitions to higher standards and higher expectations, we can expect our assessment results to reflect those changes," Robinson also said.
How proud they are that it's just half the students who cannot read or write at their grade level and not the 70% that was originally suggested.
As I used to say, when I lived in Miami, "It's not the heat, it's the stupidity."