Exam may not be Grad Requirement
Senate Education Committee has approved legislation that would end passing the
Keystone Exams as a requirement for high school graduation.
speaker is Senator Andy Dinniman of Chester County, the Democratic Chairman of
the Senate Education Committee.
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.
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.
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
Dinniman calls the Keystone Exams an unfunded state mandate that could cost
Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts as much as $300 million to implement.