UPDATE: This legislation unanimously passed the full Senate on June 22. It now goes to the House. 

HARRISBURG (June 13, 2018) – The Senate Education Committee today unanimously passed legislation to provide alternative pathways to graduation in place of the controversial Keystone Exams, state Senator Andy Dinniman said.

“After years of working to roll back the ridiculous graduation requirement associated with these high-stakes standardized tests, we are now closer than ever before to success,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “It’s been a long journey and it’s good to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, but we won’t stop until we get there.”

Under current law, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, high school students will have to pass Keystone Exams in three subject areas (Algebra I, Biology and Literature) in order to earn a diploma.

Under Senate Bill 1095, passed today by the Senate Education Committee, students have several alternative ways to graduate, besides passing the Keystones.

“We started with a small group and that has now grown into a full-blown bipartisan coalition of parents, teachers, school administrators, and lawmakers,” Dinniman said. “And we all agree that one exam dictated by state bureaucrats with no input from a student’s classroom instructor should not be the final and sole determinate of graduation. That is not only unfair. It’s even not a good indicator of a student’s ability and college or career readiness.”

The bill, sponsored by Senator Tom McGarrigle and amended with input from Dinniman, Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson, and the committee’s majority chair, Senator John Eichelberger, now has two potential paths forward to final passage.

According to Dinniman, it could either go through the legislature and to the governor’s desk, or be amended onto the school code that is passed each year as part of the budget process.

“The fastest way to get this passed is to amend it onto the school code and I’ll work to see that happen,” Dinniman said.


Upcoming Events

July 2019
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
June 30, 2019 July 1, 2019 July 2, 2019 July 3, 2019 July 4, 2019 July 5, 2019 July 6, 2019
July 7, 2019 July 8, 2019 July 9, 2019 July 10, 2019 July 11, 2019 July 12, 2019 July 13, 2019
July 14, 2019 July 15, 2019 July 16, 2019 July 17, 2019 July 18, 2019 July 19, 2019 July 20, 2019
July 21, 2019 July 22, 2019 July 23, 2019 July 24, 2019 July 25, 2019 July 26, 2019 July 27, 2019
July 28, 2019 July 29, 2019 July 30, 2019 July 31, 2019 August 1, 2019 August 2, 2019 August 3, 2019

Looking For Something

Still not finding what you're looking for? Please contact me or my staff so we can help you!