This page has been developed to provide parents/guardians and students information and resources on the Keystone Exams. We also invite you to visit www.education.state.pa.usor www.pdesas.org for more information as the Pennsylvania Department of Education continues to update its process for the Keystone Exams.
What are the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams are state-mandated end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in various subjects. During the 2013-2014 school year the following Keystone Exams will be available: Algebra I, Literature and Biology. Writing Composition will also be piloted during this 2013-14 school year. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s proposed system of high school graduation requirements starting with the class of 2017. They are also used at the school level to measure academic accountability for requirements outlined in “No Child Left Behind”. The Keystone Exams replaced the 11thgrade PSSAs starting in 2012-13.
When are the Keystone Exams and Who takes them?
Wave1: December 2-13, 2013
Literature: Any 11th graders who not demonstrated proficiency and need to re-take the exam.*
Algebra: All 11th graders who have not demonstrated proficiency. Any 9th or 10thgrader who has completed Algebra I and needs to re-take the exam.*
Spring 2014: May12-23, 2014 (Additional information forthcoming.)
*Proficiency is demonstrated when the student receives a score of proficient or advanced on the Keystone Exam. In the event that a student does not achieve a score of proficient or advanced on one or more of the Exams, he/she will need to participate in a retake.