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From PDE: The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards. These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels. Click here to read more.
Spring 2022 Testing Windows:
- ELA (Grades 3-8) - April 25-29, 2022
- Math (Grades 3-8) - May 2-13, 2022
- Science (Gr. 4 & 8) - May 2-13, 2022
- Algebra Keystone (Gr. 8 Algebra students only): May 16-27, 2022
Spring Keystone testing is for any student completing a Keystone course (Biology, Grade 10 Language Arts, Algebra I). Click here to read more from PDE.
The testing window is May 16-27, 2022. Exact dates to follows.
- Algebra I
Graduation Requirements and Keystone Exams
"Act 158 provides five options for meeting graduation requirements: (1) Keystone Proficiency Pathway, (2) Keystone Composite Pathway, (3) Alternate Assessment Pathway, (4) Evidence-Based Pathway, and (5) Career and Technical Education Pathway.
The Five Graduation Pathways:
Adapted from the Statewide High School Graduation Requirement webpage, the five (5) pathways to meet the graduation requirement are as follows:
1. Scoring proficient or advanced on each Keystone Exam - Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.
2. Earning a satisfactory composite score on the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams.
- The composite score was set at 4452 on July 11, 2019.
- This option may only be used as a pathway to graduation if
- a student achieves Proficiency on at least one exam AND
- scores no lower than Basic on the other two.
3. Earning a passing grade on the courses associated with each Keystone Exam, AND satisfactorily complete ONE of the following:
- an alternative assessment (SAT, PSAT, ACT, ASVAB, Gold Level ACT WorkKeys),
- advanced coursework (AP, concurrent enrollment courses),
- pre-apprenticeship, or
- acceptance in a 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education for college-level coursework.
4. Earning a passing grade on the courses associated with each Keystone Exam, AND pass the
- National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) or
- the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) assessment in an approved Career and Technical Education concentration.
5. Earning a passing grade on the courses associated with each Keystone Exam, AND demonstrate readiness for postsecondary engagement through three pieces of evidence from the student’s career portfolio aligned to student goals and career plan.
- Examples of evidence will include
- ACT WorkKeys,
- SAT Subject tests,
- higher education acceptance,
- community learning project,
- completion of an internship, externship or co-op or
- full-time employment.
For a graphic view of Graduation Requirements, please click here for a flowchart.