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Toohil Supports Legislation to Delay Keystone Exams
10/15/2013
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced that she has signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation that would stop the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) from implementing additional Keystone Exams in public schools for 10 years. House Bill 1506 is sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Berks).

PDE has developed and implemented three Keystone Exams to date to fulfill the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act at a cost of more than $200 million. House Bill 1506 would extend the time period for the development of the remaining five exams by prohibiting their implementation prior to the 2022-23 school year.

The measure would also allow PDE to develop the exams, subject to annual appropriation, and require the State Board of Education to amend its regulations concerning academic assessments accordingly.

“I agree with the bill’s sponsor that we must be careful not to let standardized tests become the focus of public education in Pennsylvania,” said Toohil. “We should not allow the Keystone Exams to continue until we know the results and any unintended consequences. This legislation provides for ample time to make that assessment and avoid the potential wasting of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.”

Keystone Exams in the subjects of algebra II, chemistry, geometry, United State history and world history are still to be developed. Algebra I, biology and literature exams have been developed and implemented. Exams in English composition and civics and government have been developed and will soon be field tested.

“We do not want to continue the culture of teaching a test rather than teaching our children the skills they need to obtain real jobs,” said Toohil.

House Bill 1506 has been referred to the House Education Committee for consideration.

For more information on Toohil and her legislative priorities, visit www.RepToohil.com or www.Facebook.com/RepToohil.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil

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