Due to the closing of schools on March 13, 2020, PSSAs and Keystone Exam administration was cancelled. Starting with the class of 2022, however, state graduation requirements include five options (see below), three of which include participation in the Keystone Exams. As such, we will administer Keystones for those who would have otherwise participated in the Spring 2020 as follows:
- September 28 – Literature Mods 1 & 2 – Students with last names A - L
- September 29 – Literature Mods 1 & 2 – Students with last names M - Z
- September 30 – Algebra Mods 1 & 2 – All students
- October 1 – Biology Mods 1 & 2 – Students with last names A - L
- October 2 – Biology Mods 1 & 2 – Students with last names M – Z
"In accordance with Act 158, statewide graduation requirements take effect with the class of 2022. 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 first two pathways are based solely on Keystone Exam scores. For that reason, all students, including any student enrolled in a Keystone trigger course during the spring of the 2019-20 school year, must have full access to all five options to meet graduation requirements."
So as to ensure that all students have access to all five pathways to meet the state-mandated graduation requirement, the KASD will participate in the September 28-October 2, 2020 testing window to provide all students who had planned on taking Spring 2020 Keystones the opportunity to take the exam(s) in order to meet graduation requirements for Pathways 1 and 2 (see below for more details).
More information will be shared regarding the assessment as well as suggested resources to maintain knowledge and skills over the summer and prior to the exam.
The Five Graduation Pathways:
Adapted from the Statewide High School Graduation Requirement webpage, the five pathways to meet the graduation requirement are as follows:
- Scoring proficient or advanced on each Keystone Exam - Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Examples of evidence will include