Get the Facts: Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

10/19/2018

Dear Parents and AGCS Staff;

I am pleased to inform our school community that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has finally passed legislation addressing the Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement in the state of Pennsylvania. SB1095, which passed in both houses of the legislature and has been presented to the Governor for his signature, essentially eliminates demonstrating proficiency on the Keystone Exams as the sole method of meeting the state’s mandatory graduation requirement. The Governor is expected to sign this bill into law.

What SB1095 does it that it allows schools more flexibility in providing alternative pathway options for students who are unable to demonstrate proficiency on the Keystone Exams in order to graduate. This added flexibility supports the notion that a one-size fits all model to assessment in terms of graduation requirements does not take into account the diversity of our students learning needs, their individual goals, future aspirations, and post-secondary plans.

SB1095 also eliminates the Project Based Assessment as an option to graduate.

The provisions of SB1095, once signed into law, will go into effect for the graduating class of 2022 (our current 9th grade class).

It is important to note that participation in the Keystone Exams will still be required as end-of-course assessments in Biology, Algebra I, and Literature for federal accountability measures. Our school will still be evaluated on how students perform on these exams and we will continue to evaluate our curriculum and instructional practices to provide the rigor needed in order to meet the goal of students demonstrating proficiency on these academic standards. SB1095 simply addresses the “graduation requirement” aspect of previous legislative actions.

You will be receiving more information as to the components and details of the alternative pathways to meet the graduation requirement as additional details are released from the Department of Education.

You can access a copy of SB1095 here.

Thank you,
Mr. Bryan Brutto
Director of Administration


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FICTION:  Charter Schools are private schools.
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FICTION:  Charter Schools hurt traditional public schools by taking away funding.
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