SB 1095: Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement

SB1095: Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement

An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in preliminary provisions, further providing for Keystone Exams.



This legislation would update the Keystone exam requirement to provide more options for students to complete their secondary education. Test scores are not always a measure of students’ success, and this law intends to end the singular approach to graduation requirements.

The alternative options for students that do not meet the Keystone exam requirement would involve consideration of the student as a whole. This includes interests, strengths, and career objectives. Students will still need to meet locally-established grade standards and demonstrate proficiency and readiness through other measurements.

  • Show proficiency on the SAT, PSAT or ACT;
  • Pass an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam;
  • Complete a dual-enrollment program;
  • Complete an apprenticeship program;
  • Get accepted to an accredited four-year nonprofit institution of higher education;
  • Complete a service-learning project;
  • Secure a letter of full-time employment;
  • Achieve an acceptable score on a WorkKeys assessment



McGarrigle, Killion, Tomlinson, White, Vogel, Scavello, Mensch, Baker, Aument, Brewster, Bartolotta, Boscola, Stefano and Dinniman



Presented to the Governor on October 16, 2018