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Slow students, you're safe for now

Guess Pennsylvania lawmakers didn't read their Inquirer the other day.

Slow students, you're safe for now

Guess Pennsylvania lawmakers didn't read their Inquirer the other day, when the Editorial Board spoke up against delaying the development of "state end-of-course exams that would raise the bar on student achievement." Because KYW radio is reporting the following:

"Under pressure from lawmakers, the Rendell administration has backed off -- for now --on its position to proceed with development of graduation exams for Pennsylvania high school students.

Chuck Ardo is a spokesman for Governor Rendell:

“The secretary of education has written a letter notifying the education committees that the administration had decided to slow down its push for graduation exams as it works towards a compromise with the legislators.”

In the letter, the education secretary says the state will not spend funds to develop graduation exams while working to build a consensus.

The administration infuriated lawmakers last month when it signed a contract with a Minnesota-based company to develop the tests. Those lawmakers said they felt betrayed by the action which came at the same time they thought they were nearing a compromise with the administration.

Compromise is great, and necessary. But the delay means students the slow lane will have to wait a little longer to get a nudge toward higher achievement from their state education officials.


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