• Pennsylvania Keystone Exams: 2020-2021


    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.  


    Find further information about Keystone Testing and Graduation Requirements from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


    Keystone Algebra 1 at the middle school:
    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 May testing window.
    Updated 2020


    Keystone Exam Contact:
    Lensi Nikolov, Ed.D.,  Supervisor of Reading, Federal Programs, ELD
    lnikolov@cbsd.org  267-893-2041