Information Regarding Keystone Testing:

    Regarding Winter Testing in Dec. 2019 & Jan. 2020:

    Students currently enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology will be administered the corresponding Keystone Assessment(s):





    1 and 3

    Dec. 5 and Dec. 6


    2 and 4 (flipped schedule)

    Dec. 9 and Dec. 10

    Algebra 1 and Biology

    1 and 3

    Jan. 6 and Jan. 7

    Algebra 1 and Biology

    2 and 4 (flipped schedule)

    Jan. 8 and Jan. 9

    Makeups for Literature will be scheduled as needed up through Dec. 12.

    Makeups for Algebra 1 and Biology will be scheduled as needed up through Jan. 13.


    Winter Keystone Bell Schedule

    Testing Information For Students - Power Point

    Testing Information For Students - PDF version




    Below is important information about Keystone Assessments for the 2019-20 school year:

    Regarding Winter Testing from December 2018 and January 2019:

    If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in December or January, scores are available in Parent Portal.


    Regarding Spring Testing from May 2019:

    If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in May, scores are available in Parent Portal.  Additionally, individual score sheets will be distributed to parents at Back to School Night on September 12.  Any remaining score sheets will be distributed to students during advisory on September 13. 


    Regarding Winter Testing in December 2019 and January 2020:

    Students currently enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology will be administered the corresponding Keystone Assessment(s) during the month of December for Literature and January for Algebra 1 and Biology.  Specific dates are as follows:


    • December 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th, with make-ups December 11th and 12th
    • May 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th, with make-ups May 15th

    Algebra 1 & Biology

    • January 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th, with make-ups January 10th and 13th
    • May 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st, with make-ups May 22nd


    After-school help sessions for Algebra and Biology are posted under "Testing Supports at CB West". Students enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology during the 2nd semester will test in May.

    State Assessment Proficiency Requirements:
    Currently, PDE requires students in the class of 2022 and beyond to have satisfied Keystone requirements.  The state has recently outlined alternative ways for students to pass in the event that they do not pass each of the three tests.  The Central Bucks School District and state are currently working on the details of those alternative requirements, with more information to come.

    Keystone Retake Procedures:

    In addition, students who take a Keystone Exam but do not score at the proficient level may retake a Keystone Exam. We strongly suggest that students practice and retest to demonstrate proficiency, as they are requirements for the class of 2022 and beyond as outlined above. This will be the most direct way for students to satisfy the Keystone graduation requirements.

    Should parents/students decide to not retest, parents must put their request in writing to Mr. Rubenstein jrubenstein@cbsd.org by Monday, Dec. 2nd. Click on the link for the OPT-OUT Letter (re-testers only).

    In order to ensure reliable test results and to avoid the cost of replacing test items, the Department of Education requires schools to set rules and take certain steps to protect test materials. Electronic devices such as but not limited to cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, E-readers, Nooks, Kindles, iPods, tablets, camera-ready devices, and any other electronic device which can be used to photograph or duplicate test materials, access the internet and/or communicate with others during the administration of the PSSA or Keystone Exams are not permitted in any testing site. Please speak with your child and let him or her know that the possession and/or use of a cell phone or other electronic device during the administration of the PSSA or Keystone Exams will result in certain consequences. Please visit this link https://www.cbsd.org/Page/299 for more specifics regarding Keystone Exams.


    Literature Testing Review

    Literature Study Island: Study Island is a web-based program designed to review literature content.  Your child can access lessons and practice on each topic.

    To obtain login information, your child can ask his/her current English teacher. If your child is not currently enrolled in an English class, he/she can see Mrs. Rosselli in room C116 before or after school for assistance.

    Access / Extra Help: Any student with questions about the Keystone Literature content or preparation should speak with his/her former English 10 teacher or current English teacher. Formal help sessions may be scheduled with English teachers by coordinating with the English Department Chair, Mrs. Rosselli.

    Peer review is also offered each Tuesday in the library through our Peer Tutoring Program.

    Teachers have provided review materials for students to use and practice during these sessions. Students may sign up in the guidance office. 


    Algebra 1 Testing Review:

    • Mr. Paglione: Wednesday, December 18, 2:35 – 3:30pm – D112
    • Mrs. Jarossy:  Friday, January 3, 2:35 – 3:30pm – A222
    • Ms. Coleman: Tuesday January 7, 2:35 – 3:30pm - C118

    *These sessions are open to any student looking to remediate.

    Peer review is also offered each Tuesday in the library though our Peer Tutoring Program.


    Biology Testing Review

    Click on this link for Biology Tutoring Help

    Click on this link for Biology flyer - tutoring session information

    Biology Review Sessions

    • Week of 12/16 (In-Class):  Administering the Keystone Biology Classroom Diagnostic Tool (CDT), which provides student-specific data.  The CBSD-issued 1:1 laptops already have the required CDT software installed.
    • Winter Break:  Students are provided with preparation materials.  Materials may be individualized (i.e. based on CDT data) and/or general
    • Thursday, 1/2, and Friday, 1/3 (2:45-3:45PM in room B214):  Review sessions;  The attached flyer will be distributed to students and/or posted in Biology classrooms.

    Peer review is also offered each Tuesday in the library though our Peer Tutoring Program.


    Testing Supports at CB West:
    Testing Resources for Algebra, Biology, and Literature

    Testing Resources and Information:
    Item and Scoring Sampler - Algebra 1 
    Item and Scoring Sampler - Biology
    Item and Scoring Sampler - Literature

     Testing Resources from the Central Bucks School District:
    CBSD Algebra Keystone Resources
    CBSD Biology Keystone Resources
    CBSD Literature Keystone Resources

    Testing Information for Parents and Guardians: 
    Pennsylvania Department of Education FAQ--PA Keystone Exams-Information for Parents & Guardians

    Information from CBSD Student Services

    Testing Requirements:

    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/proficiency and also meet federal requirements.  Students currently enrolled in English 10, Algebra I, or Biology will be administered the corresponding Keystone Assessment(s) when scheduled for that particular course.  The Keystone exams are one component of Pennsylvania's system of high school graduation requirements.

    Khan Academy Links for Algebra 1:

    Module 1

    1.1 Operations
    (Please note.  Module 1.1 Operations contains the greatest number of topics to master but is not weighted more heavily than the other assessment areas.  For this reason, it makes sense to focus on 1.1 AFTER remediating the other five assessment anchors first.)
    Combining Like Terms
    Exponent Rules
    Exponent Rules Continued 
    Simplifying Expressions with Exponents
    Multiplying Polynomials
    Factoring Difference of Squares
    Simplifying Radicals

    1.2 Linear Equations and Systems
    Writing Expressions

    Systems of Equations with Elimination Part:1
    Systems of Equations with Elimination
    Systems of Equations with Substitution
    Systems of Equations Word Problems

    1.3 Linear Inequalities and Systems of Inequalities
    Linear Inequalities
    Graphs of Inequalities
    Graphing Systems of Inequalities

    Module 2

    2.1 Functions and Patterns
    Domain and Range
    Finding Equations of Lines from Tables

    2.2 Coordinate Geometry
    Slope of a Line
    Line Graph Intuition
    Graphing Linear Equations
    Slope Intercept Form 
    Converting between Slope Intercept and Standard Form
    Point Slope Form

    2.3 Probability and Data Analysis
    Mean, Median_and_Mode