Dear Parents and Guardians,
This letter is to inform you about changes associated with the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams. These end-of-course exams are designed to assess proficiency in Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature.
Given this information, there are three key changes that we need to bring to your attention. The first change deals with the graduation requirement. With the passing of Public School Code House Bill 178, the graduation requirement will begin with the class of 2020. These students will be the first class needing to score proficient on all three Keystone Exams to meet graduation requirements.
The second change deals with the Project Based Assessment. Any student in the class of 2020 and beyond who is not proficient, or chooses to opt out of taking a Keystone Exam, will be required to complete a State developed project based assessment in order to graduate. These project based assessment courses will be offered after students have attempted the Keystone Exam at least twice. However, if the student opts out of the exam, the student will go directly into the PBA course.
The final change is that since the Keystone Exams are cumulative exams, they will replace our end-of-year final exams given in these courses at the high school. For example, the Biology Keystone exam will replace the end-of-year Biology final exam.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Mr. Curtis Johnson