Wolf approves delay of Keystone exams as grad requirement

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Keystone exams are officially on the back burner.

On Wednesday, Gov. Wolf signed into law a plan to delay the controversial high school requirement for Pennsylvania students.

The tests in algebra, biology, and literature were created in 2009.

They were intended to show colleges and employers that a Pennsylvania high school diploma is backed up by high academic standards. But critics say some schools didn’t have the resources to prepare students for exams, re-dos, and cumbersome alternative assessments.

Wolf called the tests "flawed" and pointed to the legislature’s unanimous support for postponing the graduation requirement.

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