April 1, 2021


    Dear Central Bucks East Families, 

    On September 29, 2020, the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed Senate Bill 1216, making several revisions for previous legislation regarding state assessments and graduation requirements. This message serves to inform our families of these legislative revisions and to provide clarity around the implications for your children. Please read the detailed information below. You may also view a summary by watching the following video Updated Keystones & Graduation Requirements.


    Keystone Exam Participation: 

    The Keystone Exams (KSE) are end of course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature. Any student who was enrolled in Algebra 1B was scheduled to take the Keystone Exams in May of 2020. These students will be automatically rostered to sit for the exam during the 2020-2021 school year; however, a parent/guardian may choose to opt their child out of taking the exam(s).  


    Any student who is enrolled in Algebra 1B, Biology, and English 10 during the current 2020-2021 school year will be automatically rostered to sit for the Keystone Exam during the semester they are enrolled in the respective courses; however, a parent/guardian may choose to opt their child out of taking the exam(s). 


    To opt your child out of taking one or more Keystone Exam(s), a parent/guardian must notify the school in writing of their desire to do so. Please refer to the email sent on 4/01/2021 at 12:00pm to access and complete the Opt-Out form.

    There is no requirement to view the test beforehand as in previous years. Please complete the form if you wish to opt your child out of testing by 11:59pm on April 30, 2021 so we can plan accordingly. You will receive a receipt upon completion of the form.


    SPRING 2020-2021 Keystone Exam Administration: 

    To provide the safest testing environment possible in alignment with CBSD’s Health and Safety plan, the Keystone Exams will be facilitated online in the building at CB East and students will use their district issued 1:1 laptop to complete the exam(s).


     Click Here for the CB East Spring Administration Schedule

    Click Here for the CBE Spring Keystone Exam FAQ 2020-2021

    Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond:

    Senate Bill 1216 delayed the timeline for enforcing Keystone Exam proficiency as a graduation requirement until the Class of 2023.


    Important Note About Opting-Out of Keystone Exams 

    While Senate Bill 1216 grants families the ability to opt-out of the exam, it does not exempt students in the Class of 2023 and beyond from the graduation requirements enacted with Act 158. Please understand that students in the Class of 2023 and beyond will still be required to demonstrate proficiency in Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology by successfully completing one of the 5 Pathways below.



    1. Keystone Proficiency Pathway:
      • Passing all three Keystone Exams(Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature)


    1. Composite Score Pathway:
      • Scoring proficient or advanced on at least one Keystone Exam and scoring at least Basic on the other two Keystone Exams with a minimum composite score of 4452.


    1. Career & Technical Pathway:
      • Earning a passing grade in a Keystone-aligned course AND either:
        • Attaining an industry-based competency certification related to the CTE Concentrator’s program of study


    • Demonstrating a high likelihood of success on an approved industry-based competency assessment or readiness for continued meaningful engagement in the CTE Concentrator’s program of study


    1. Alternate Assessment Pathway:
      • Earning a passing grade in a Keystone-aligned course ANDone of the following: 
        • Attain the minimum score on one of the following subject-aligned tests: AP (3); PSAT (970); SAT (1010); ACT (21); ASVAB (minimum score required to gain admittance to a branch of the military)


    • Successfully complete a concurrent enrollment course in a subject-aligned course (a list of courses is pending)



    • Be accepted in an accredited 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education 


    1. Evidence-Based Pathway:
      • Earning a passing grade in a Keystone-aligned course AND three pieces of evidence

             At least one of the following:

    • Attainment of a minimum score ACT WorkKeys assessment, SAT subject-test, or Advanced Placement Exam (See scores above in Pathway 4)
    • Acceptance to an accredited nonprofit institution of higher education other than a 4-year institution and evidence of the ability to enroll in college-level coursework
    • Attainment of an industry-recognized credential;
    • Successful completion of a concurrent enrollment or postsecondary course


          Two additional pieces from the following:

    • Satisfactory completion of a service-learning project (Currently under development)
    • Attainment of a score of proficient or advanced on a Keystone Exam
    • A letter guaranteeing full-time employment
    • Certificate of successful completion of an internship or cooperative education  
    • Satisfactory compliance with the NCAA’s core courses for college-bound student athletes with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.


    Families of current 10th graders should consider the Act 158 graduation requirement and begin planning for the alternate pathway to graduation should they choose to not take the Keystone Exam(s). If you have questions about whether your child should participate in the Keystone Exams this year, please contact your child’s school counselor or house principal.



    Test Takers and Parent Information:


    PDE Parent and Guardian Informational Letter Spring 2021

    PDE Code of Conduct for Test Takers Spring 2021

    PDE Keystone Cellphone, Smartphone, and Electronic Devices Policy Spring 2021