Pa. Senate Votes to Delay Keystone Exams Requirement

Schools could have two more years to prepare.

We told you last week that officials at schools in Philly and across Pennsylvania are preparing for a drop in the graduation rate in 2017, when passage of the Keystone Exams will be a requirement to get the diploma. But there may be a reprieve.

By a vote of 49-0, the Senate on Monday passed a bill that would postpone using the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement until 2019,” PennLive reports. “The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster County, delays for two years the graduation requirement for students to pass the end-of-course exams in algebra, biology and literature – or an alternative project-based assessment for those who have undergone remediation and re-taken the exams but didn’t achieve a passing score. ”

Statewide, passage of the Keystone Exams so far had been 54 percent.

The bill now goes to the Pennsylvania House for consideration.