- fulfill local graduation requirements (the adequacy of these have been questionable)
- score proficient or above on the PSSA in 11th grade
- score proficient or above on Advanced Placement exams.
The agreement comes after a study done by Penn State stating that only 18 out of 418 school districts met state standards for graduation. However, according to James P. Testerman, President of PSEA, “the study’s authors state in their report that they didn’t have enough evidence to make a determination regarding the assessments of many of the districts. The department twists that to claim the districts don’t have any evidence of whether their students are proficient.”
Ultimately, the legitimacy of the study and the assumption that more state testing will ensure students graduate with something more than a piece of paper needs to be carefully considered. While it’s hard to say if state testing will improve performance, we do know that more spending alone will not improve our schools.