High School Keystones

Additional High School Keystone Testing Information

We wanted to make you aware of some updates to the PA Keystone Exam requirements and inform you of how we will assess students moving forward. As you may know, the Keystone Exams are state-mandated tests designed to measure proficiency in Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology. Any student who is currently enrolled in Algebra 1, Biology, and English 10 must take the corresponding exam this May. 

PA Act 158 requires that all PA students (class of 2023 and beyond) demonstrate proficiency on these three exams or through an alternate pathway in order to graduate. There are five different pathways that students can use to graduate. They are as follows: 

1. Pass all three Keystone Exams.
2. Pass Keystone Exams using a composite score (4452) with at least one Proficient score and no Below Basic scores
3. Pass district coursework and provide additional evidence as part of the career portfolio
4. Pass alternate tests such as the NOTCI, NIMS, ACT, SAT, AP
5. Pass via goals written in a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Please reference this document for further explanation of the alternative pathways.

Additionally, because of the shutdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic last Spring, any student who was supposed to take a Keystone last year has been determined by the PA Department of Education to be Proficient on that corresponding Keystone as long as they passed the course. Students will not need to take the Keystone Exam if they were enrolled in Algebra, Biology, or English 10 for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or Dr. Scioli if you have any additional questions.


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