The Pennsylvania Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.  The Keystone Exams serve two purposes: 1) high school accountability assessment for the purpose of meeting federal and state mandates, and 2) high school graduation requirement for students beginning with the Class of 2023. Keystone Exams help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.

Keystone exam testing schedule

The 2022 Spring Keystone Exam testing window is scheduled between May 16 and May 27, 2022.  The Wissahickon School District will be administering the 2022 Spring Keystone Exams to eligible students at the middle school and high school enrolled in Algebra 1, Biology, and/or Grade 10 Language Arts on the following dates:

Subject

School

Testing Dates

Algebra 1

Wissahickon Middle School

May 18 and 19

Wissahickon High School

May 16 and 18

Literature

Wissahickon High School

May 19 and 20

Biology

Wissahickon High School

May 23 and 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

keystone exams: general information

2022 Keystone Exam Parent FAQ
2022 Keystone Exam Parent FAQ – Spanish 
Keystone Exams Use of Electronic Devices - English
Keystone Exams Use of Electronic Devices - Spanish
The Pennsylvania Department of Education Keystone Report Interpretation Guides

act 158 pathways to graduation

Act 158 of 2018, and amended in September 2020, established the statewide graduation requirement for students in the classes of 2023 and beyond.  Act 158 provides students with multiple pathway options to demonstrate academic proficiency in Algebra, Biology, and Literature in order to fulfill the state requirements.  The vast majority of Wissahickon students will meet the statewide graduation requirement through one of the two Keystone Exam Pathways.  However, in the event that students are not successful in either of those two pathways, the graduation requirement can be met through one of three additional pathways that more fully illustrate college, career, and community readiness.  Regardless of the pathway a student follows to earn their diploma, participation in Keystone exams remains a federal requirement.

Students can meet the statewide graduation requirement through one of five pathways:

  • Keystone Proficiency Pathway
  • Keystone Composite Pathway
  • Alternate Assessment Pathway
  • Career and Technical Pathway
  • Evidence-Based Pathway 

Click here for more information about the five graduation pathway requirements