State legislature considering dialing back standardized testing requirements in schools during the pandemic

Written by on October 6, 2020

State legislature considering dialing back standardized testing requirements in schools during the pandemic 

 By Gabi Falk, WLVR News Lehigh University Intern

October 6, 2020

CREDIT NCHOLE YEO / FLICKR

Scaling back standardized testing requirements in public school has been on the table in the state legislature. As WLVR’s Gabi Falk reports, a bill aimed at alleviating some of the online learning challenges during the pandemic recently passed unanimously in the state House. 

Senate Bill 1216, if signed into law, will postpone the Keystone Exam graduation requirement. This mandates standardized testing in subjects like math, english, history and science. 

Chris Lilenthal is with the State Education Association. He says virtual classes have made online learning and teaching difficult. 

“What we have found is that this has kind of turned education upside down for everyone, for students and for educators alike.”

The bill allows parents to opt their kids out of state assessments this year and would put off standardized testing as a graduation requirement through 2023. 

“We feel that educators should be focused on meeting students’ educational needs and adjusting their approaches to teaching to fit into virtual environments, as well as hybrid environments, rather than focusing on prepping students for standardized tests.”

The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration.

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