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Jesse Turner, in green shirt, is joined by others on Independence Mall who oppose standardized testing in public schools.  Photo by Mike DeNardo

Conn. Man Brings Walk Against Standardized School Tests Through Delaware Valley

Jesse Turner (wearing lime-green shirt in photo) is walking from Connecticut to Washington, DC to gain support for his fight against high-stakes standardized tests in public schools.

07/07/2015

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Pennsylvania Senate Votes For Delay Of Keystone Exams

The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would put off for two more years the use of tests as part of public school graduation requirements in Pennsylvania.

06/16/2015

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Study: Pa. School Districts May Face Extra Expenses In Helping Students Meet Graduation Requirements

Starting with the class of 2017, Pennsylvania high school students will have to pass Keystone Exams in algebra, biology and literature to graduate.

06/13/2015

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Pennsylvania Invites Public Feedback On Soon-To-Be Mandatory High School Graduation Tests

Pennsylvania’s new statewide curriculum and high school graduation exams have generated so much controversy, the state board of education has launched a website to take public comments.

10/27/2014

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Nearly Finalized Rules Mean PA High School Students Must Pass Test To Graduate

Controversial rules requiring Pennsylvania high school students to pass proficiency tests to graduate are nearly official. But opponents vow to continue their fight against the Keystone Exams.

11/23/2013

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Pa. School District Officials Blast Idea Of Standardized Test Requirement For Graduation

School board members, parents, school super-intendants, and the teachers’ union voiced their displeasure at a hearing Monday.

08/26/2013

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Worries Abound as Pa. Revamps Performance Testing in Public High Schools

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is in the process of rolling out new exams for high school students that will become a graduation requirement by 2017.

12/12/2012

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Pa. Students To Take First Keystone Exams Next Week

School districts statewide will begin administering new standardized tests next week that eventually all students will have to pass to graduate.

11/27/2012

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Aptitude Test Scores For Local H.S. Seniors Above National Avg But Participation Rates Aren’t

ACT scores are in for the class of 2012, and those who took the test in Pennsylvania and New Jersey surpassed the national average, although the numbers can be a little deceiving.

08/26/2012