Pennsylvania On Track To Delay High School Graduation Exams

Jan 20, 2016

 

The state Senate voted to postpone requiring exams for students to graduate high school. Some say it's too much of a burden for poorer communities.
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Pennsylvania is moving to delay the use of exams as a graduation requirement for high school students starting next year.

The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to postpone the requirement for two years, and Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll sign the bill. The bill has already passed the House unanimously.

The requirement won approval from the State Board of Education in 2013. But under the bill, the requirement now would take effect in the 2018-19 academic year.

About a dozen states have such a requirement.

In Pennsylvania, critics complained that too much time is devoted to preparing students for the tests, children in poorer districts had fewer resources to help them and schools lack the personnel to help students complete an alternative project if they fail the tests.