District school board backs Pa. bill

to eliminate the Keystone Exams

WEST CHESTER The West Chester Area School District school board showed its support Monday for a state bill that would eliminate the Keystone Exams.

The board unanimously approved a resolution supporting House Bill 168, said a district statement.

The state requires students to pass the exams to graduate from high school. They test student proficiency in algebra, literature, and biology, but the school district and other groups, including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, say the exams have negative academic and emotional effects on students.

The tests have cost the district more than $600,000 to date, it said.

"Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement are causing mental and physical stress on students [and] eliminating opportunities for students to express creativity," Superintendent Jim Scanlon said.

- Justine McDaniel