Information and links for the Keystone Exams
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the following subject areas: Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature.
The revised Chapter 4 Regulations stipulate that students must earn an Advanced or Proficient score on the Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature Keystone Exams as a requirement for graduation beginning with the Class of 2017, and results will appear on students’ transcripts. For any exam(s) on which students do not initially demonstrate proficiency, students will be provided with remediation opportunities and will be required to retake the exam(s) next year. After two unsuccessful attempts at earning a proficient score on a specific Keystone Exam, a student may opt to complete a state-mandated Project-based Assessment to meet the graduation requirement in the related content area. The Project-based Assessment will be based on the same Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content as the Keystone Exams.
In addition to the scores serving as a part of the new graduation requirements, all students’ results have an impact on school and district accountability measures; all students must participate in Keystone Exams by the end of Grade 11. It is important to note that once a student scores Proficient or Advanced, per the Pennsylvania School Code, he or she will not be able to retake that Keystone Exam in an attempt to achieve a higher score.
The Keystone Exam testing windows for 2015-2016 are listed below. Specific dates and times for each building will be determined and communicated to students, parents, and guardians at a later date.
for the Pennsylvania Department of Education site for more information on the Keystone Exams.