HB85: Parent Opt-Out for Keystone Exams



This legislation would allow public school entities to provide for a parent/guardian opt-out of the Keystone Exams for philosophical reasons.


Currently, according to regulation, parents may opt out their children from taking the Keystone Exams only for religious reasons. This proposal directs school boards to determine if it will be the policy of that school entity to allow parents to opt their children out of taking the Keystone Exams for philosophical reasons in addition to religious reasons. Students opted out from Keystone Exams under this provision will not be penalized, including withholding a high school diploma.


The governing body of the school entity will need to take action on this question within 180 days of the effective date of this legislation.  If no action is taken, a philosophical opt-out provision will be implemented for that school entity.



Lawrence, Barrar, Bernstine, Charlton, Diamond, English, Metcalfe, O’Neill, Roe, Tallman, Thomas, Ward, and Zimmerman


  • Referred to EDUCATION, May 24, 2018
  • Reported as committed, June 4, 2018
  • First consideration, June 4, 2018
  • Laid on the table, June 5, 2018
  • Second consideration, with amendments, June 6, 2018
  • Re-committed to APPROPRIATIONS, June 6, 2018
  • Re-reported as committed from APPROPRIATIONS, June 11, 2018
  • Third consideration and final passage, June 11, 2018 (193-0)
  • In the Senate
  • Referred to EDUCATION, June 15, 2018