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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 21, 2018 12:08 PM
From: Representative Mike Tobash and Rep. Mark Longietti
To: All House members
Subject: Graduation Requirement

We plan to introduce legislation that will provide graduation requirement options.

With the delay in the Keystone Exam graduation requirement set to expire in the 2019-20 school year, schools are uncertain about how to plan programming. And our students need direction on what will be expected of them to graduate. Our legislation will not reinstate the Keystone Exam graduation requirement. However, in any school year in which proficiency on Keystone Exams is required for high school graduation, our bill will provide students with several alternative pathways to demonstrate postsecondary readiness.

Our proposal considers an individual student’s strengths, interests and career goals, while requiring the student to meet or exceed locally-established grade-based requirements and to demonstrate competency through other valid and accountable measurements.

This legislation represents a bipartisan proposal based upon recommendations from the Department of Education’s Act 1 report, as well as extensive discussion and collaboration with the education community.

Rep. Tobash, student success can be better achieved through building stronger relationships with future education and career opportunities. This legislation seeks to measure and strengthen those elements of determining if students are truly prepared.

Rep. Longietti, our children’s futures should not rise or fall on the results of a single test. In this vein, options must be made available that more accurately reflect the various pathways to success that students may follow in their adult lives.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this crucial piece of legislation to bring much needed stability and a commonsense approach to measuring a student’s postsecondary readiness.