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    KEYSTONE TESTING FOR WINTER/JANUARY 2022

    Information Regarding Keystone Testing:

    Keystone and Graduation Requirements

    PDE Keystone Policy for Cellphones and Electronic Devices

    PDE Keystone Parent and Guardian Letter

    KSE Code of Conduct for Test Takers

     

    *Testing is completed on-line. All students must bring their laptops on testing day.

    Keystone Exam Participation: 

    The Keystone Exams are end of course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature. Students will be rostered to sit for the exams based on the following scenarios:  

    • They are currently enrolled in Algebra 1B, Biology, and/or English 10 for the Fall 2021 Semester. 
    • They opted out of taking any of the exams during the 2020-2021 school year.  
    • They did not meet proficiency in one or more of the exams during the 2020-2021 school year.  

    A parent/guardian may choose to opt their child out of taking the exam(s) if the exams conflict with your religious beliefs as per PA Code 22, Chapter 4.4. To opt your child out of taking one or more Keystone Exam(s), a parent/guardian must complete the following actions required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE):     

    1. Email Justin Rubenstein, CB West’s School Assessment Coordinator, at jrubenstein@cbsd.org to request an appointment to view the exam(s) to determine if they conflict with your religious beliefs.  
    2. Report to CB West at appointed time and sign Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Confidentiality Agreement prior to viewing the exams.  
    3. Complete the religious opt out request form for submission to the Superintendent of the Central Bucks School District if you find the exam(s) conflict with your religious beliefs.

    These actions must be completed no later than Friday, December 17, 2021.

     Regarding Winter Testing in January 2022:

    The Keystone Exams will be facilitated online, and students will use their district issued 1:1 laptop to complete the exam(s). All Health & Safety guidelines will be adhered to during the testing sessions. 

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

    CB WEST KEYSTONE EXAM SCHEDULE FOR WINTER WAVE I & II

    Keystone Biology

    DATE - Thursday, January 6, 2022

    • 7:25am-2:30pm only students who are scheduled to sit for the Keystone Biology Exam and students who are eligible to take the PASA exam will report to the building.  
    • MBIT students who are scheduled to sit for the Keystone Biology Exam will stay at CB West for the exam.
    • All non-testing students will receive asynchronous instruction online.  
    • District Transportation will run as scheduled.
    • Testing students need to bring their school issued laptops.

    Make-up testing will be arranged on an individual basis with the School Assessment Coordinator.

    Keystone Literature

    DATE - Monday, January 10, 2022

    • 7:25am-2:30pm only students who are scheduled to sit for the Keystone Literature Exam and students who are eligible to take the PASA exam will report to the building.
    • MBIT students who are scheduled to sit for the Keystone Literature Exam will stay at CB West for the exam.
    • All non-testing students will receive asynchronous instruction online.  
    • District Transportation will run as scheduled.
    • Testing students need to bring their school issued laptops.

    Make-up testing will be arranged on an individual basis with the School Assessment Coordinator.

    Keystone Algebra I

    DATE - Tuesday, January 11, 2022

    • 7:25am-2:30pm only students who are scheduled to sit for the Keystone Algebra I Exam and students who are eligible to take the PASA exam will report to the building.
    • MBIT students who are scheduled to sit for the Keystone Algebra I Keystone Exam will stay at CB West for the exam.  
    • All non-testing students will receive asynchronous instruction online.  
    • District Transportation will run as scheduled.
    • Testing students need to bring their school issued laptops.

    Make-up testing will be arranged on an individual basis with the School Assessment Coordinator

     

     

    Below is important information about Keystone Assessments for the 2021-22 school year:

    Regarding Spring Testing from May 2021:

    If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in May, scores will be available in Parent Portal as soon as we receive them from the state.

     

    Regarding Winter Testing in Jan. 2022:

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

    Biology

    • Thursday, January 6 - make-up exams will be arranged on an individual basis with the School Assessment Coordinator.

    Literature

    • Monday, January 10 - make-up exams will be arranged on an individual basis with the School Assessment Coordinator.

    Algebra 1

    • Tuesday, January 11 - make-up exams will be arranged on an individual basis with the School Assessment Coordinator.

      

    Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond:

    PA Act 158 states that students in the Class of 2023 and beyond are required to demonstrate proficiency in Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology to earn a diploma by completing one of the following pathways:  

    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  

    OR  

    • 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 AND one 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)  

    OR  

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

    OR  

    • 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  
    • 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.

     

    Important Note About Opting-Out of Keystone Exams

    While families can opt-out of the exams based on their religious beliefs, 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 are required to demonstrate proficiency in Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology by successfully completing one of the 5 Pathways above.

     

    Keystone Retake Procedures:

    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 2023 and beyond as outlined above. This will be the most direct way for students to satisfy the Keystone graduation requirements.

     

    Biology Testing Review:

    Click on this link for Biology Tutoring Help

    Biology Review Session: Click here for flyer of information.

    Held during Learn 2.

    Be sure to sign in when you arrive.

    Topic Based Review Days

    Tuesday: 12/21 Genetics (all of it) – Mrs. Liddington (B207)

    Wednesday: 12/22 Ecology/Evolution – Mrs. Stone (B207)

    Monday 1/3: Biochemistry – Frau (B207)

    Tuesday 1/4: Cell Structure and Function – Ms. Regad (B207)

    Wednesday 1/5: Cell Energy – Mrs. Maida (B207)

    Biology Teacher on Call for individual questions (any topic)

    Tuesday: 12/21: (B209)

    Wednesday: 12/22: (B209)

    Monday 1/3: (B209)

    Tuesday 1/4: (B209)

    Wednesday 1/5: (B209)

    Any student with questions about the Keystone Biology content or preparation should speak with his/her former Biology teacher or current Biology teacher.

    Peer review is also offered through our Peer Tutoring Program.  Please contact your school counselor or Mrs. Bagnick at lbagnick@cbsd.org to set up an appointment with a peer tutor.

     

    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. Curran in room C121 or email her for assistance dcurran@cbsd.org.

    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. Curran.

    Peer review is also offered through our Peer Tutoring Program.  Please contact your school counselor or Mrs. Bagnick at lbagnick@cbsd.org to set up an appointment with a peer tutor.

     

    Algebra 1 Testing Review:

    District Algebra 1 Keystone Information Website:  https://www.cbsd.org/Page/36489

    Keystone Review Sessions for Algebra 1 will be held during Lunch and Learn, Learn 1, the week of January 3rd through the 7th. We will also be holding after school review sessions on Tuesday January 4th

    Lunch and Learn Schedule 10:33 - 11:03

    • Monday 1/3 – Mr. Paglione D112
    • Wednesday 1/5 – Ms. Carberry D125
    • Thursday 1/6 – Mr. Paglione D112
    • Friday – 1/7 Ms. Carberry D125
    • Monday – 1/10 Mr. Paglione D112

    After School

    • Tuesday 1/4 – Mr. Paglione D112

    Any student with questions about the Keystone Algebra content or preparation should speak with his/her former Algebra teacher or current Algebra teacher.

    Peer review is also offered through our Peer Tutoring Program.  Please contact your school counselor or Mrs. Bagnick at lbagnick@cbsd.org to set up an appointment with a peer tutor.

      

    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
    Linear_Equations
    Linear_Equation_Word_Problems

    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
    Identifying_Points
    Finding Equations of Lines from Tables

    2.2 Coordinate Geometry
    Slope of a Line
    Slope and_y-intercept
    Slope and Direction of a Line
    Graphing Linear Equations
    Slope Intercept Form 
    Converting between Slope Intercept and Standard Form
    Point Slope Form

    2.3 Probability and Data Analysis
    Probability
    Independent_Probability
    Stem_and_Leaf_Plots
    Mean, Median_and_Mode
    Box_and_Whisker_Plots