Keystone Testing

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 2018

May 14 – Algebra 1
May 15 – Algebra 1
May 16 – Biology
May 17 – Biology
May 21 – Literature
May 22 – Literature

Testing Guidelines

Pennsylvania Department of Education Letter to Parents (Inculdes cell phone and electronic devices guildelines)

Code of Conduct for Testtakers

Keystone Exams Frequently Asked Questions

Algebra Scoring Guidelines

Exam Resources

WKMCTV Classroom Clips includes a series of video lessons on content for Algebra and Biology including practice quizzes. Math and Algebra videos are entitled “Math 8 Common Core” and “Algebra I Pa Core. These lessons are being used in the classroom with workbooks that students received at the beginning of the school year. By making the lessons available on-line, students can revisit the instruction as much as necessary to master the content.

Biology lessons are listed on Classroom Clips as Biology I.

Resources for Literature are available on the English Department website.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System Assessments and Practice