Assessment Information for Central Bucks

  • Pennsylvania State Assessment System
    The Pennsylvania State Assessment System is aligned with the PA Core Standards for reading, writing, and mathematics. The assessment of reading and writing are combined into an English Language Arts PSSA (ELA) which is administered in grades 3 to 8. The Mathematics PSSA is aligned with the PA Core Standards for Mathematics and is also administered in grades 3 to 8.
    Keystone Exams continue to be administered in three subject areas at the secondary level with a statewide requirement of proficiency on the three exams as a graduation requirement. See the Keystone Exam section below for more information.

    PSSA Testing 2022-2023
    The PA Department of Education has established the testing dates listed below with schools setting their own testing schedules within those windows. Information about testing will be sent home from your child's school as testing dates approach.

    2022-2023 PSSA Testing Windows


    April 24 - April 28, 2023

    Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Math PSSA 

    May 1 - 5, 2023

    Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Science PSSA 

    May 1 - 5, 2023

    Grades 4 and 8

    Make-up PSSA for ELA, Math, and Science

    May 1 - 12, 2023  

    Grades 3-8

    Keystone Exams
    Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments and are administered as students are completing courses related to the three Keystone Exams--Algebra 1, Literature, Biology. Keystone Exams are administered in Literature and Biology in 10th grade during the semester in which a student is taking a Biology or English 10 course. Algebra 1 Keystone Exams are given near the end of Algebra 1 courses in either middle or high school depending on an individual student's course sequence.

    2022-2023 Keystone Exam Testing Windows

    Exam Name

    Winter Test Dates

    Spring Test Dates

    ELA Keystone

    Module 1:  12/7/2022  Module 2: 12/8/2022   

    Module 1:  5/15/2023   Module 2:   5/17/2023  

    Math Keystone

    Module 1:   1/5/2023    Module 2:  1/6/2023  

    Module 1:   5/22/2023    Module 2:   5/23/2023  

    Biology Keystone 

    Module 1:  1/9/2023    Module 2:  1/10/2023  

    Module 1:   5/18/2023     Module 2:   5/19/2023  

    Make-up Keystone Exam

    Literature:  12/8/2022 - 12/16/2022, Algebra: 1/6/2023 - 1/18/2023, Biology: 1/10/2023 - 1/18/2023

     Literature:  5/16/2023 - 12/26/2022, Algebra: 5/23/2023 - 12/26/2022 , Biology: 5/19/2023 - 12/26/2022  



    All Central Bucks High Schools will follow a special bell schedule on December 7, 8, and January 5, 6, 9, and 10 in the first semester and May 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23 in the second semester. 

    • Students who are scheduled for a Keystone Exam and students who take the PASA exam must report to the building by 7:25am. 
    • AM MBIT students who are scheduled for a Keystone Exam will report to their respective HS at 7:25am for Keystone Exam testing.  
    • District transportation will run on a regular full-day schedule.
    • Keystone Exams will be administered between 7:25am and 9:20am on the following days.
    • All students who are not taking a Keystone Exam may report to school as late as 9:20am to be ready to start Block 1 at 9:25am.
    • If a student who is not taking a Keystone Test is unable to obtain their own transportation to school by 9:20am, the student should take their normal school district provided bus and they will be supervised in a designated study hall upon arrival.
    • Students who attend PM MBIT will be dismissed from their 2nd block class at 10:35am to eat lunch.

    PDE PSSA Information & PDE Keystone Exams Information

    CB Assessment Projects--Third, Sixth, Ninth Grades and High School

    3rd Grade Assessment
    Information about exciting changes to the third grade science assessment! Third graders will be conducting motion experiments and analyzing data. To get a closer look at the assessment, see the YouTube link on the next page.

    6th Grade Assessment

    The Central Bucks School District’s Sixth Grade Assessment is an authentic school-based experience for sixth grade students to demonstrate their competencies with time management, research skills, expository writing, technological resources, and live audience presentation.

    Success Plan
    Success Plan - Grades 7-12