Spring Keystone Exam Overview

The Keystone Exams are Pennsylvania’s state end of course assessments in Algebra I, Biology and English Literature. Students currently enrolled in one of the related content area courses are required to take the Keystone at the end of the course.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) states, “Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Biology, and Literature Keystone Exams in order to graduate. Therefore, any student in grade 9 or below during the 2013–2014 school year is required to take a Keystone Exam if they are enrolled in the Keystone-related course.”

ALGEBRA: Algebra Numeracy and Algebra 1

BIOLOGY: Academic Biology, Biology, Honors Biology, and Applied Life Science

LITERATURE: 10th Grade English

The student’s best overall score is determined by calculating the highest overall module score from any exam (each comprehensive keystone exam consists of two modules). Each student’s best overall score will be banked until their 11th grade year, where it will be reported for the School Performance Profile, school, state and county wide data.

Keystone Retesting: Students who do not score Proficient on the Keystone exam will retake the exam until the completion of their Junior year. The district will provide interventions after every unsuccessful attempt of a Keystone in accordance with the district’s Keystone Intervention Plan. Click Here to view the district’s Keystone Intervention Plan for grades 6-12.

Both the middle school and high school are equipped to remediate students who do not score proficient on these exams. Plus, the PA Department of Education provides an online course through iTunes University called Pennsylvania Learns to assist in remediating students for the Keystone exam. Literature Exam

Who will be taking the Keystone Exams?
Students who are completing the following courses: Literature, Algebra, & Biology
Students who already took a Keystone exam and did not score Proficient or Advanced.
Tuesday 12/18/2015 - Literature Keystone - NO 2 Hr Delay
Wednesday 12/9/2015 - Literature Keystone - NO 2 Hr Delay

Algebra Exam
Tuesday 1/12/2016- Algebra Keystone - 2 Hr Delay
Wednesday 1/13/2016 - Algebra Keystone - 2 Hr Delay

Biology Exam
Tuesday 12/15/2015 - Biology Keystone -NO  2 Hr Delay
Wednesday 12/16/2015 - Biology Keystone - NO 2 Hr Delay

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