Keystone Assessments

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 - 2020, 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 has not scored proficient or advanced.

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 11th grade year. The student’s best overall score, a combination of both Module 1 and Module 2, may be derived from multiple test administrations. 

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:

PDE Keystone Assessment Information 

Keystone Exam Design Overview 

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. 



The Red Land Biology Department has organized several online resources for preparation of the Biology Keystone exam. Please follow the link listed below.



The Red Land English Department has organized several online resources for preparation of the Literature Keystone exam.

General Information

This page is specific to Keystones and includes a list of documents under “General Information” including a .pdf entitled “Keystone Exams Parent Overview”-this is a list of FAQ’s that parents may have regarding Keystone Exams.

English Language Arts

Under “Literature”

  1. “Literature Keystone Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content” has the basic anchors and eligible content found on the Keystone. The end of this document includes a glossary of terms, including literary devices, which may be very helpful for review (in addition to what teachers are covering before the exam)

  2. “Literature General Descriptions of Scoring Guidelines” has the scoring rubric for the constructed-response questions of the Keystone Literature tests.

In the SAS portal, under “Search” you can choose the grade level (9-12 Band) and “Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking” for many resources found on the web.

English Language Arts Resources


Algebra I


The Red Land Mathematics Department has organized several on line resources for preparation of the Algebra I Keystone exam. Please follow the link listed below.

The eligible content for the Algebra I Keystone Exam is listed at:


Item and Scoring Samplers published by the Department of Education contain actual Keystone questions and answers. Multiple sample tests are available at:


Looking to review for the Algebra I Keystone Exam? Here is a list of resources from

One-Variable Linear Equations

One-Variable Linear Inequalities

Two-Variable Linear Equations


Linear Word Problems

Systems of Linear Equations

Graphs of Linear Inequalities

Polynomial Factorization

Box and Whisker Plots

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