An alternative to the Keystone Exams for students in career and technical education programs

In June 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new law providing career and technical education students with alternatives to the high-stakes Keystone Exams. CTE students will be able to demonstrate competency through multiple pathways that directly relate to their chosen vocation and future career goals.

CTE students continuously prove their readiness for post-secondary success through hands-on demonstrations of communications, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, applied academics, and expertise in their career pathway. This bill recognizes that these students provide abundant proof of their graduation readiness throughout their high school experience. 

The PA State Education Association praised the bill in a statement, noting that the educators and support professionals who belong to PSEA hope that "state legislators build upon this step and work to establish a more thoughtful approach to student assessment and high-stakes testing."


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