Click here to read an update from the Pennsylania Department of Education on federally-mandated standardized tests in the 2020/21 school year.

    Note: All state assessments will be administered on campus. State assessments cannot be taken at home.

    Important Information for Students/Families: 


    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 2021 Testing Dates:

    • ELA (Grades 3-8) - GES: May 3-5; KES TBD; Grades 6-8: April 19 & 20, 2021
    • Math (Grades 3-8) - GES: May 6, 7; KES: TBD; Grades 6-8: April 26, 2021
    • Science (Gr. 4 & 8) - GES: May 10; KES: TBD; Grade 8: April 28, 2021 
    • Algebra Keystone (Gr. 8 Algebra students only): May 21 and May 24, 2021


    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 17-28, 2021, with exact dates as follows:

    • Biology: May 18, 2021
    • Algebra I: May 21, 2021
    • Literature: May 25, 2021
    • Makeups: through May 28, 2021

    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.

    *Note: With Act 136 signed into law by Governor Wolf, "the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement or as a benchmark for the need for participation in a project-based assessment shall be delayed until the 2022-2023 school year."

    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,
      • AP,
      • 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.