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HARRISBURG (June 22, 2018) – Dolores McCracken, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, today commended state senators for approving Senate Bill 1095, legislation introduced by state Sen. Thomas J. McGarrigle (R-26) aimed at providing all students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements.
“Today, the state Senate took another clear step toward recognizing that standardized tests aren’t the only way to measure what Pennsylvania’s students know and are able to do. By approving Sen. McGarrigle’s alternative graduation options bill, we’re one step closer to offering students who do not score proficient on Keystone Exams alternative pathways to demonstrate their readiness to graduate from high school.
“Sen. McGarrigle has been a leader on this issue, recognizing that all students deserve alternatives to standardized tests as a means of demonstrating their academic achievement. We commend him for his leadership.
“This is a good bill, PSEA supports it, and our members urge the House of Representatives to approve it.”
McCracken is a paraprofessional in the Council Rock School District. An affiliate of the National Education Association, PSEA represents approximately 181,000 future, active, and retired teachers and school employees, and health care workers in Pennsylvania.