Pennsylvania Keystone Exams-2016-2017
The Pennsylvania State Assessment System includes three Keystone Exams designed to measure end-of-course achievement in Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology. These three Keystone Exams have been developed to provide information about student achievement and also meet federal requirements.
Because the Keystone Exams are designed to be end-of-course assessments, they are administered during the semester in which students complete each of the three courses. For students in Central Bucks this means that testing is completed as follows:
· Keystone Literature Exam—during the semester in which a 10th grade student is taking an English 10 course.
· Keystone Biology Exam—during the semester in which a 10th grade student is taking a Biology course.
· Keystone Algebra 1 Exam—during the semester in which a student in middle or high school completes an Algebra 1 course. Depending on an individual student’s math sequence, this Exam is most commonly administered in one of the middle level grades.
In addition, students who take a Keystone Exams but do not score at the proficient level may be retaking a Keystone Exam. These retakes are typically scheduled during the semester in which the student has a course in the same content area.
2016-2017 Keystone Exam Testing Windows
December 5 - 16, 2016
Winter Biology & Algebra 1
January 9 - 23, 2017
May 15 - 26, 2017
Pennsylvania Department of Education FAQ--PA Keystone Exams- Information for Parents and Guardians
Note that the Pennsylvania Department of Education graduation requirements related to Keystone Exams will require students in the class of 2019 to have reached proficiency of each of the three Keystone Exams. Students with disabilities who do not meet proficiency on Keystone Exams or portfolio but who satisfactorily complete a special education program developed by an IEP program team will also graduate.