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Alternative pathways to graduation, beyond the Keystone Exams

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Standardized tests aren’t the only way to measure students’ abilities, and they’re certainly not the best way to do it.

Sen. Tom McGarrigle recognizes that there are several valid and rigorous options to measure students’ postsecondary readiness. That’s why he has introduced Senate Bill 1095.

Senate Bill 1095 offers students who do not score proficient on Keystone Exams alternative pathways to demonstrate their readiness to graduate from high school. The Keystone Exam graduation requirement has been delayed until the 2019-20 school year. The alternate graduation options in Senate Bill 1095 would take effect when the Keystone Exam delay expires.

Under Senate Bill 1095, students would be required to:

  • Meet or exceed a composite score across Keystone Exams in algebra I, biology, and literature, and demonstrate at least “basic” performance on each of the three exams;
  • Meet or exceed local grade requirements in subjects tested by the Keystone Exams and complete a subject-specific advanced placement, international baccalaureate, or armed services vocational aptitude test, gain acceptance in a registered apprenticeship program, or attain a career readiness certificate; or
  • Meet or exceed local grade requirements in subjects tested by the Keystone Exams and present at least three pieces of evidence from the student’s career portfolio, which is required for federal accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Video: PSEA VP Rich Askey on Senate Bill 1095

No single standardized test should overshadow a student's academic record of accomplishments, said PSEA Vice President Rich Askey in a recent video, discussing Senate Bill 1095.