Keystone Exams are state-developed, end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Keystone Exams are high school accountability assessments for federal and state purposes. All public school districts in the State of Pennsylvania are held accountable for participation and performance of all students in Algebra I, Biology, and Literature Exams.
The Algebra I and Literature Keystone Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The Biology Keystone Exam includes items written to the Assessment Anchor/Eligible Content aligned to the enhanced Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science. Each exam consists of two modules that include multiple-choice questions and constructed response, or open-ended questions. A student will receive a score on each module and must receive an overall average proficient score to reach proficiency on an exam.
If a student does not demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam, he/she will receive school-based supplemental instruction until the student can demonstrate proficiency by retesting in the subject area on the Keystone Exam.
If a student has been unsuccessful in attaining proficiency on all Keystone Exams, the school team will work with the student and his/her family to satisfy this state graduation requirement through alternate means.