The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to test proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology. Beginning with the graduating class of 2019, all students must score “proficient” or “advanced” in each of the exams to satisfy graduation requirements and obtain their high school diploma. A descriptive score of “basic” or “below basic” will result in denial of graduation until the student attains a proficient score on all of the exams or completes a project-based assessment.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s new system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards. The exams require students to employ a “higher level of thinking” to be successful in applying their knowledge.
Students currently in Algebra I, Biology(Academic and Honors), and English 10(Academic and Honors) will take the corresponding Keystone Exam in May. Additionally, those students who were not proficient during the winter wave will retake that exam.
Keystone Exam Schedule for 2022 – 2023
Pennsylvania Department of Education Letter to Parents
Code of Conduct for Testtakers