By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — 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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Officials Identify Man Killed In Overbook Police-Involved Shooting As 31-Year-Old Koffi Dzima
A state panel this week approved a plan to make high school students pass Keystone Exams in biology, algebra and language arts before they can get their diplomas. Chester County Democratic State Senator Andy Dinniman has been a vocal critic.
“You could get all A’s in all your courses,” Dinniman says, “And because you don’t test well, not graduate. It just doesn’t make sense.”READ MORE: Nick Sirianni Shows Eagles Picture Of Flower As Part Of (Inspirational?) Metaphor
But pending a review by the state attorney general, it’ll be the rule, starting with the Class of 2017. Students who fail can take the test again and then do a project if necessary to graduate.
Dinniman says he plans to fight back by introducing several bills, including one saying you can’t use the test to determine graduation, and another allowing parents to opt out.MORE NEWS: Josh Shapiro Breaks With Gov. Tom Wolf Over Strategy On Climate Change