Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Justified Delay Pennsylvania's Keystone Exams Need More Work

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Justified Delay Pennsylvania's Keystone Exams Need More Work

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Delaying the graduation requirements connected with Pennsylvania's standardized Keystone exams for high school students was necessary. One look at who supported the legislation that put a two-year hold on enforcement proves it.

Senate Bill 880 was backed by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and by Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature who represent rural, suburban and urban areas alike. It passed both chambers unanimously, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will sign it.

High school students have been taking the exams in algebra, biology and literature for a few years now, but the provision that required them to pass the tests in order to graduate has not yet gone into effect. That was to happen in 2017, but too many concerns about the tests, the alternatives provided for students who struggle with them and a state of flux over standardized testing more broadly made that deadline unrealistic.

When students fail a Keystone exam, two things are supposed to happen. …

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