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PSEA is working with elected officials from both parties to reduce high-stakes standardized testing in our schools.
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New legislation from state Sen. Thomas J. McGarrigle would provide Pennsylvania students with additional options to fulfill high school graduation requirements beyond the high-stakes Keystone Exams.
On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Senate Education Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1095, which allows students who do not score proficient on the Keystone Exams to demonstrate their readiness to graduate through alternative routes.
“Sen. McGarrigle’s bill recognizes that standardized tests aren’t the only way to measure students’ abilities and provides options to measure students’ readiness for post-secondary education,” said PSEA President Dolores McCracken.
Commonsense options for assessing student performance
The Keystone Exam graduation requirement is on hold until the 2019-20 school year. The alternate graduation options in Senate Bill 1095 would take effect when that delay expires.
The plan gives school districts commonsense options for assessing student performance that don’t rely as heavily on standardized tests.
PSEA members make the difference
Over the past year, Pennsylvania has made a lot of progress on standardized testing, thanks in large part to the advocacy of PSEA members:
Senate Bill 1095 continues the trend.
Sen. McGarrigle a leader on this issue
Sen. McGarrigle, like Gov. Wolf, has been a leader on this issue.
“Sen. McGarrigle recognizes that all students deserve alternatives to standardized tests as a means of demonstrating their academic achievement,” McCracken said. “We commend him for his leadership, and we look forward to a debate on this bill by the full Senate.”
You can send a message of support to your state senator at www.psea.org/graduationoptions.