PSEA is working with elected officials from both parties to reduce high-stakes standardized testing in our schools. A package of bills introduced in April will help move Pennsylvania toward that goal.
Here's what the bills will do:
Local control over Keystone Exams' impact: This bill prevents the state from mandating that graduating students pass the Keystone Exams to get their high school diplomas. Instead, school boards will decide the academic impact of the Keystones.
Use of test results: This legislation would mandate that PSSA and Keystone Exam results only be used to comply with federal law and growth-score calculations.
Benchmark assessments: This bill prohibits public schools from purchasing assessments from a private vendor that are designed to predict a student's ability to succeed on the PSSA or Keystone Exam.
PSSA testing timeline: The PSSAs would be administered three weeks prior to Memorial Day and provide the results to the chief school administrator no later than Aug. 15.
Parent opt-out: Parents would be able to opt-out of standardized testing for religious, philosophical, or health concerns. State law currently allows only a religious opt-out.