School boards group doesn't back new Pa. grad exam plan

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The board of directors of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association has unanimously approved a resolution stating it is "unable to support the current outline" of the latest proposal for end-of-course Keystone Exams.

The board passed the resolution over the weekend.

The resolution recognizes the "good faith efforts of the state Board of Education to reach a suitable compromise" and said the association will participate "in a constructive manner in the development of a proper or appropriate program, in cooperation with other stakeholders to craft a program that meets the needs and interests of our membership and our students."

Joseph Torsella, chairman of the state Board of Education, last week released the latest proposal for graduation exams, this one calling for the exams in various subjects to account for at least one third of a student's final grade. The state board may vote on the proposal as early as next month.

The PSBA previously had agreed with the state on an earlier version of graduation exams but had come under criticism from some of its members for doing so.

Education writer Eleanor Chute can be reached at or 412-263-1955.


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