|June 5, 2015 12:33 PM
|Senator Lloyd K. Smucker
|All Senate members
|Keystone Exam Two Year Delay
|To: All Senators June 5, 2015
From: Sen. Lloyd Smucker
Subject: Two-Year Delay of the Keystone Exams’ Graduation Requirement
Please consider joining me in supporting legislation to delay the graduation requirement associated with the state’s end-of-course tests, known as the Keystone Exams, for two years.
Presently, the class of 2017 must take and pass the Keystone Exams in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology in order to graduate. My bill would delay this requirement until the 2018-2019 school year.
The Keystones are designed to ensure that Pennsylvania schools are preparing students effectively and efficiently for postsecondary education or the work force. However, in its implementation, unanticipated consequences that are impacting options for students and parents have arisen, particularly with regard to project-based assessments. While we are committed to strong accountability in the process, we believe reasonable changes may be in order. This legislation will give us time to work together with all stakeholders to improve the process.
I would appreciate your support for this legislation. Thank you for your consideration.
Introduced as SB880