Wolf signs 2-year halt in Keystone Exams’ graduation mandate

The Democratic governor on Wednesday signed a bill putting the tests' graduation requirement on ice until the 2018-19 academic year.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A requirement that Pennsylvania students pass the Keystone Exams to graduate high school is on hold for at least two years, although Gov. Tom Wolf says that doesn’t mean he’s against testing or accountability.

The Democratic governor on Wednesday signed a bill putting the tests’ graduation requirement on ice until the 2018-19 academic year.

The legislation passed the General Assembly unanimously. Wolf says more time’s needed to fix implementation issues and to find the best ways to measure student achievement.

He says the testing system “is at best incomplete” and puts undue burdens on faculty.

Reasons for the delay include significant failure rates and the costs and time involved in helping students pass the alternative “project based assessment.”

The State Board of Education approved the Keystone Exams in 2013.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s