Bill would allow school boards to determine use of Keystone Exams

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For more than a decade, parents and educators have been speaking out about the impact of high-stakes testing on our schools and our students. Now, there is growing bipartisan support in the General Assembly for taking a smarter approach to testing, including the Keystone Exams.

A law adopted last year delayed the Keystone Exams' graduation requirement by two years. If lawmakers don't make this moratorium permanent, students graduating in 2019 will need to pass the Keystones to get their diplomas.

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate to allow school boards to decide the academic impact of Keystone Exams. The bill essentially removes the state from having a role in determining if Keystone Exams should be a graduation requirement. However, if local communities prefer to have the Keystone Exams as graduation requirements, this bill allows them to make that happen.

State House lawmakers, meanwhile, adopted a separate bill that provides an alternative to the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for career and technical education students. The bill's unanimous bipartisan support demonstrates a willingness to move away from the Keystone Exams as the sole pathway to graduation.

Partners will have a full update on the latest with Pennsylvania's student testing policy in the May issue of Partners Post. Be sure to check it out.



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