State Senator: Get Ready to Sue the PA Department of Education Over Common Core Testing



Pennsylvania State Sen. Andrew Dinniman is mad as Hell and he’s not going to take it anymore.

The West Chester Democrat is furious at the state Department of Education (PDE) over the Keystone Exams.

In February, the legislature unanimously passed a law to delay for two years using the Keystones as a graduation requirement for public school students. The exams will still be given to high school students in Algebra I, Biology and English, but passing them is not necessary to receive a diploma. During this time, the legislature is supposed to investigate alternate assessments above and beyond standardized testing.

However, Dinniman sent out an email to supporters this week claiming PDE is “blatantly ignoring the law and issuing directives to local school districts to use the exam if they want to for graduation.”

This goes against the delay, says Dinniman. The legislature is unsure requiring the Keystone Exam…

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

3 thoughts on “State Senator: Get Ready to Sue the PA Department of Education Over Common Core Testing”

  1. That is a good legislator… One has to wonder at Delaware’s timidity when it comes to those we elect… Do the spike the water fountains in Legislative Hall? Occasionally we get some bluster, but no real lawsuits……


  2. Again, it comes down to the test… A test rooted in facts might actually be good to test general knowledge… But these tests where no knowledgeable adult can decipher what the question says, where no knowledgeable adult knows what the “best” correct answer out of 5 correct answers, is, and ones grade seems spit out of a little black box almost by random based on your racial data, not the test itself; these tests, must disappear…


  3. Kevin and Kavips,
    I met with Senator Dinniman at his request little more than a year ago since he wanted to talk with me about the Opt_Out struggle here (before jack’s veto)
    and was hoping to put something similar together in PA. He is indeed a wonderfully progressive legislator and I enjoyed commiserating with him.
    Representative John Kowalko


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