• Information Regarding Keystone Testing:

    Regarding Winter Testing in December 2018 & January 2019:

    Students currently enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology will be administered the corresponding Keystone Assessment(s) during the months of December and January:

    Test

    Blocks

    Date

    Literature

    1 and 3

    December 3rd  and December 4th

    Literature

    2 and 4 (flipped schedule)

    December 5th and December 6th

    Algebra 1 and Biology

    1 and 3

    January 14th  and January 15th

    Algebra 1 and Biology

    2 and 4 (flipped schedule)

    January 16th and January 17th

     

    Makeups for Literature will be scheduled as needed up through December 7th.

    Makeups for Algebra 1 and Biology will be scheduled as needed up through January 18th.

     

    Winter Keystone Bell Schedule

    Testing Information For Students - Power Point

     

    Below is important information about Keystone Assessments for the 2018-19 school year:

    Regarding Winter Testing from December 2017 and January 2018:

    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 2018:

    If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in May, scores are available in Parent Portal.  Additionally, individual score sheets were distributed to parents at Back to School Night on September 13.  Any remaining score sheets were then distributed to students during advisory on September 14. 

     

    Regarding Winter Testing in December 2018 and January 2019:

    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.  Our testing schedule will be available on the CBW Keystone Assessment Webpage at http://www.cbsd.org/Page/25869.  This webpage also includes resources to help students prepare for the assessments.  After-school help sessions for Algebra and Biology are also posted under “Testing Supports at CB West.”  Students enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology during 2nd Semester will test in May.

     

    State Assessment Proficiency Requirements:
    Currently, PDE requires students in the class of 2021 and beyond to have reached proficiency on each of the three Keystone Exams prior to graduation.  Students are encouraged to retake the test if proficiency is not reached on the first attempt.


    Keystone Retake Procedures:
    If proficiency is not met on a Keystone exam, students are encouraged to retest.  Typically, students are invited to retest the following school year when scheduled for their next math, English, or science course.  However, if students who tested in December or January would like to schedule a May retest, please contact Mrs. Zaleski at hzaleski@cbsd.org   

     

    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.

     

    Algebra Testing Review

    Module 1 – Tuesday, January 8: 2:45 – 4:00pm          (Miss Jones & Mrs. Jarossy in A115)

    Module 2 – Wednesday, January 9: 2:45 – 4:00pm    (Mr. Fitzgibbons in 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. 

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

     

    Biology Testing Review  Click on this link for Biology Tutoring Help

    Biology Review Sessions (2:45-3:30)

     

    Topic-based sessions

    January 4: Biochemistry – Mrs. Stone (B205)

    January 7: Cell Structure and Function – Frau (B209)

    January 8: Cell Energy – Mrs. Maida (B214)

    January 9: Genetics (all of it) – Frau (B209)

    January 10: Ecology/Evolution – Ms. McGlynn (B207)

     

    Biology teacher on-call for individual questions (any topic)

    January 4: Mrs. Maida (B214)

    January 7: Mrs. Stone (B205)

    January 8: Mrs. McGlynn (B207)

    January 9: Mrs. Bauder (A213)

    January 10: Mrs. Maida (B214)

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

     

    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 though 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.

     

    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:

    Note that the Pennsylvania Department of Education graduation requirements related to Keystone Exams will require students in the class of 2021 to have reached proficiency on each of the three Keystone Exams. 

    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
    Solving_for_the_y-intercept
    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
    Probability
    Independent_Probability
    Stem_and_Leaf_Plots
    Mean, Median_and_Mode
    Box_and_Whisker_Plots