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USC School District Working to Change Graduation Requirements

A decision must be made soon for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.

The Upper St. Clair School District is working to redefine its graduation requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 high school classes.

Because the Keystone Exams have started, the PSSA is no longer available for 11th or 12th graders. No district in the state was informed of the change until right before the current school year.

Here are four decisions that administrators said must be made:

  • District must examine options for replacing PSSA at the 11th- and 12th-grade level.
  • District must examine options for providing supplemental instruction for students who do not score proficient or above on one or more modules of the Keystone Exams.
  • District must inquire about criteria for local assessments during the years prior to 2016-17.
  • District must consider what would be acceptable for portfolio in order to demonstrate proficiency if score of proficient or above in no achieved on Keystones.

The administration will have a proposal for the school board in February.

Maria Miller January 31, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Schools and parents need to lobby Harrisburg to dump Keystone exams. They are a waste of time and money for our communities.
Glenn Robinson January 31, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I am not a fan of state or federal involvement in local educational decisions. But I see value in standardized tests. They provide a common measure of the performance of our schools that can be used in comparing our efforts to that of other schools and districts. With that being said, I do not like the idea of standardized tests being used to gauge an individual student or teacher's performance but at the school to district level, the results of these tests can be very valuable. So I would'nt call for "dumping" them altogether.
M L spazok February 01, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Readers, you may find this interesting. I have taught at the college level (IT computers technology) for over 35 years. I see significant decline in the math, composition, logic skills and dedicaation of so called high school grads. they cannot figure a percentage, write a decent paragraph or speak properly. So, how are students passing these tests? I am thankful for the educ system is USC. Many others, unfortunately, pale in comparison. Family participation whether you live in USC or other, is key. Some college waste time texting and chit chat endlessly about non sensical topics! So, are these new tests going to make a diff?
M L spazok February 01, 2013 at 02:27 PM
USC students will do fine on these tests. But...do we need more tests! Teaching IT at the college level for 35 years, over the past decade, I have HS grads who have weak or little math skills, English skills, composition skills, and communication skills. Many cannot figure a % but they sure do know how to text and chat endlessly about nothing. How did these students graduate from whatever High school? That being stated, the family core and family values inspire and encourage chldren to succeed no matter the income level.

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