Two years ago, Pennsylvania introduced a new set of assessments called the Keystone Exams in the areas of Biology, Algebra I, and Literature.
These end-of-course exams are designed to assess proficiency in those specific subject areas. Beginning 2012-13 school year, these exams will replace the 11th grade PSSA tests. Students in grades 3-8 will still be required to take the PSSA tests. Additionally, beginning with this year’s 8th grade students (Class of 2017), all students in PA will be required to show proficiency on these exams, or on state developed projects, as a graduation requirement.
Please read the information on the left for more information about Keystone Exams.