Goodbye Mandatory High School Graduation Testing In Pa Maybe

05.30.14 | Sarah Harnisch

A bill that would eliminate a key component of the state's Common Core curriculum - passing proficiency tests to graduate from high school is again up for consideration in the Pennsyvlania Legislature. It’s Senator Andrew Dinniman’s third attempt to send the tests to the back of the class. Critics have argued that the tests represent an unfunded mandate for school districts and penalize students from underprivileged schools. Dinniman, co-chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has also sought funding for districts to administer the tests, and to limit the test subjects to biology, algebra, and language arts.