Pennsylvania Keystone Exams-2017/2018

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

Winter Literature

December 4 - December 15, 2017

Winter Biology & Algebra 1

January 8 - January 22, 2018

Spring Literature,
Biology, & Algebra 1

May 14 - May 25, 2018

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.

Keystone Algebra 1 at the middle school
Students enrolled in an Algebra 1 course will take the Algebra 1 Keystone Exam in May. Ninth grade Geometry/Trig students who have not scored proficient or advanced on Algebra 1 Keystone Exam will be retaking the Exam during the January testing window.
Updated: June 20, 2017 

Keystone Exam Contact:
Corinne Sikora, Supervisor of Student Services  267-893-2021