Academic Standards

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Education created Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening to describe what students should know and be able to do with the English language at four grade levels (third, fifth, eighth, and eleventh). The standards provide the targets for instruction and student learning essential for success in all academic areas. All teachers assist their students in learning the Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Standards through multiple classroom situations in all the subject areas. Please click the link below to view the Pennsylvania Language Arts Standards.

    PA Language Arts Standards

     About the Literature Keystone Exam in CBSD

    They Literature Keystone Exam is an end-of-course assessment designed to assess proficiency in Literature. They Keystone Exams are just one component of Pennsylvania’s high school graduation requirements. The Literature Keystone exam consists of exam questions arranged in two modules: Fiction Literature and Nonfiction Literature. Exam questions are in multiple-choice and constructed-response format. For more information, please visit the following websites.

    Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Standards-Aligned System website:

    Pennsylvania Department of Education website:    


    Taking the Literature Keystone Exam in CBSD

    Students who are currently enrolled in English 10 will take the exam in class.  The testing window is in January for the fall semester and May for the spring semester. 

    Preparing for the Literature Keystone Exam in CBSD

    Students prepare for the Literature Keystone Exam in English classes as well as other disciplines where they learn to read fiction and nonfiction texts.  The CBSD Language Arts curriculum is fully aligned with the Pennsylvania state standards and therefore the content of the exam. 

    In addition to the links above, students may also use the following resource to prepare for the exam:

    Study Island
    An interactive, on-line study program specifically designed to help students prepare for the keystone exam.  Information on how to log on to this program can be found at the bottom of this page.