During their regular board meeting held Tuesday evening, the Ridgway Area School District Board of Directors approved a resolution stating their opposition to the high school graduation exam administered by the state. If high school students do not pass three subject-based exams in the areas of algebra I, biology and literature, they are not permitted to graduate.
The school board passed the resolution in order to show their disapproval of the current system and put into formal verbiage their opinion on the topic.
"The rationale for this motion is that the state, with the introduction of Keystone exams, has placed an additional burden on our students. They will determine whether or not our children can walk across the Ridgway stage based on standardized tests," said Dr. Michael O'Brien, superintendent of the school district.