Florida’s plan to lower the IQ requirement from 130 to 120 for admission to gifted classes won’t admit more blacks, writes LaShawn Barber. If passed, all students would be screened for high intelligence. Those who score in the 120-129 range — considered high average — would qualify as gifted if they also do well on state tests. Far more whites than blacks have IQs in the 120-129 range and score well on tests, LawShawn points out.
Strictly going by the numbers (IQ, test scores, grades) will not achieve the rainbow effect bureaucrats claim to covet. (I use claim because I have a hunch many of these same people send their kids to private schools with low black enrollment and live in â€œlily whiteâ€ neighborhoods. Diversity for thee, but not for me!)
Originally, Florida made 120 the cut-off for low-income and minority students only, while keeping 130 as the cut-off for others. That was ruled unconstitutional.
The trend seems to be to turn gifted classes into slightly more challenging classes for hard-working students of above-average intelligence. It’s a covert return to tracking. The super-smart kids will be bored in the not-so-gifted programs, but they’re a small minority.