New law exempts some students from standardized test

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 8, 2017 8:33 AM

                                                                             (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf has signed a bill to exempt high school students studying a trade from a standardized test that determines graduation. 

The Keystone Exams are set to be a graduation requirement for Pennsylvania students starting in the 2018-19 school year, but under the new law, students in a career and technical education track won't have to pass them in order to move on into the real world.

Jackie Cullen, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators, says they have been working for years to see this change in the law.

"What we were finding is that students were being held back from career and technical education because they may not have passed the Keystone Exam and either had to repeat a course or go through remediation," Cullen said.

Students in tech ed will instead need to pass an industry-developed standardized test in their trade to graduate high school. 

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