Senate Approves Smucker Bill to Delay Keystone Exams as a Graduation Requirement

HARRISBURG (June 15, 2015) The Senate today unanimously approved a bill introduced by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) that will delay the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for two years.

Senate Bill 880 will delay the end-of-course exams in algebra, biology and literature as a graduation requirement until 2019.

“While I strongly believe in holding schools accountable and ensuring that our high school graduates are career- and college-ready, these exams have created some unintended consequences that should be taken into consideration,” said Smucker, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.  “The intent of the exams is admirable, but the implementation has presented concerns that may be best addressed by pushing the pause button and working through them.”

As an example, Smucker referred specifically to project-based assessments, which are an option for students who have undergone remediation and re-taken the exams.

“While we are committed to rigorous educational standards and a wide body of knowledge for all high school students, reasonable changes may be in order,” Smucker remarked.  “This legislation will give all stakeholders time to work together to improve the process and provide fair and effective options for students and parents.”

The bill is now expected to be referred to the House Education Committee for their consideration.

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