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Keystone Exam may not be Grad Requirement
June 30, 2014
HARRISBURG-The Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would end passing the Keystone Exams as a requirement for high school graduation.

Our speaker is Senator Andy Dinniman of Chester County, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

The Senate Education Committee on Friday voted 8-2 to approve legislation that would leave it up to each school district to determine how, if at all, a student’s Keystone Exams scores would count toward a course grade or high school graduation. Senate Bill 1450 now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

The legislation does not, however, make testing these state end-of-course exams optional. Neither does it waive the requirement on school districts to remediate students who earn a failing score on these exams in biology, algebra and language arts.

The Keystone Exams, imposed on school districts by Gov. Corbett’s former Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis and approved by the State Board of Education over the objections of many parents, teachers, superintendents and school directors, are scheduled to be a high school graduation requirement beginning with the Class of 2017.

Senator Dinniman calls the Keystone Exams an unfunded state mandate that could cost Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts as much as $300 million to implement.

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