The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in various subjects. During the 2013-2014 school year the following Keystone Exams will be available: Algebra I, Literature and Biology. In future years, pending funding, additional Keystone Exams will be administered.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s proposed system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.
Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, for the high school will be determined by looking at the scores of students during their junior year.
All students in Algebra I, Literature (10th grade), and Biology will also be required to take the Keystone Exam for that subject. Students who are not a junior will have their Keystone Exam scores “banked” until the end of their junior year, when it will count for AYP.
More information about the Keystone Exams can be found at http://www.pdesas.org/module/assessment/Keystone.aspx.
Keystone Exams Letter (PDF)