Keystone Assessments

 

Keystone assessments are end-of-the-course assessments designed to measure mastery of the standards in various subjects: Algebra I, Biology and Literature. A student can now be assessed in Grades 7 through 11 depending upon when he/she received the Keystone course content for each subject.  

Beginning with the Class of 2019, all students will be required to pass the Keystone Exams or the state-developed graduation project in order to graduate. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires any non-proficient student to be remediated in the corresponding Keystone content area(s) and retest any test(s) in which he/she is not proficient or advanced.

Red Land High School is administering Keystone Exams on the following dates:

Literature- May 14 and 15, 2018

Biology- May 17 and 18, 2018

Algebra- May 21 and 22, 2018

Any student who fails to score proficient on the Keystone Exams is permitted to retake the Keystone Exams as many times as he/she wishes through the end of the Grade 11 year. The student’s best overall score, a combination of both Module 1 and Module 2, may be derived from multiple test administrations. 

We feel strongly that our students are well prepared for these assessments, but we do need your assistance. If your student has a Keystone Exam scheduled on any of the dates listed above, please encourage them to do their absolute best. A good night’s sleep beforehand and breakfast are helpful for ensuring optimal performance as well. 

In order to give our testers the best possible atmosphere, the Keystone Exams will be given using a 2.5 hour delay schedule.

Monday - May 14                   Literature Keystone Exam – 2.5 Hour Delay

Tuesday – May 15                  Literature Keystone Exam – 2.5 Hour Delay

Wednesday – May 16            Regular Bell Schedule (Make-Ups)

Thursday – May 17                Biology Keystone Exam – 2.5 Hour Delay

Friday – May 18                     Biology Keystone Exam – 2.5 Hour Delay

Monday – May 21                  Algebra Keystone Exam - 2.5 Hour Delay

Tuesday – May 22                  Algebra Keystone Exam – 2.5 Hour Delay

Wednesday – May 24            Regular Bell Schedule (Make-Ups)

Thursday – May 25                 Regular Bell Schedule (Make-Ups)

Students taking a Keystone Exam, must report on the test days at the normal time, by 7:37 AM. WSSD transportation will be running on its normal schedule. Students not being assessed may report for school at 10:07 AM on testing days if they can acquire personal transportation.

We have included a few links from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that may assist you with any questions you have regarding the Keystone Exams:

http://www.pdesas.org/module/assessment/pages/Keystone/

http://static.pdesas.org/Content/Documents/FINAL_Exam_Design_Overview_73012.pdf

http://static.pdesas.org/Content/Documents/Ch4%20Guidance%20FAQ%2010-9-14.pdf

We have also developed a webpage titled, "Keystone Exam Information" with subpages in each Keystone content area that provides practice questions, tutorial videos and general information. You can access this information at the website listed below:

http://www.wssd.k12.pa.us/red_land.cfm?subpage=142627

Parents/Guardians may choose opt out of the Keystone Exam for religious reasons only. If choosing to exercise this option, parents/guardians should contact Ms. Jen Taylor at Red Land High School prior to their student's Keystone exam to schedule an appointment to preview the testing materials. 

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