PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Keystone Exams Program Overview
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments
designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class
of 2020, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra I, Literature,
and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. The Algebra I, Literature, and Biology
Keystone Exams replaced the 11th-grade PSSA in math, reading, and science for
purposes of student, educator, and school accountability. Students take the
Keystone Exams at or near the end of a Keystone-related course. The students'
results are banked until their junior year for accountability purposes and
until their senior year for graduation purposes. Some students who previously
completed a Keystone-related course but did not take the Keystone Exam will
also participate for accountability purposes. Additionally, students who take a
Keystone Exam and do not score Proficient may re-take the exam.