Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed changes to Keystone Exams gets mostly thumbs down at hearing

Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposal to make passage of three course-specific Keystone Exams a state requirement for high school graduation, starting with the Class of 2017, is drawing opposition from a variety of corners.

Educators fear it will lead to further narrowing of the curriculum to focus predominantly on the subjects to be tested: language arts, Algebra I and Biology.

They also worry it will make these changes will make the Keystones a higher stakes test than how these exams are currently structured.A children’s advocate and a business community representative suggest it will result in students lacking essential skills needed for life after high school.

The State Board of Education held a hearing to gather input on the Corbett administration’s proposal to change the Keystone Exams. A proposed draft of this revised testing policy could be considered by the State Board in May.

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