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A Plan of Action, Implementation and Success

Keystone Exam Overview
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The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas
of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History,
World History, and Civics and Government. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s
new system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide
students toward meeting state standards—standards aligned with expectations for success in college
and the workplace. In order

To receive a diploma, students must also meet local district credit and attendance requirements and
complete a culminating project, along with any additional district requirements.

For the graduating classes of 2015 and 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of
secondary-level course work in Algebra I, Biology, Literature, and English Composition, in which the
Keystone Exam serves as the final course exam.

Timeline for Keystone Implementation

The purpose of section of the document is to outline key dates in the implementation of the Keystone
Exams. There are significant milestones for not only students but for staff, parents, administrators and
school board members.

January 2011
     Establish and schedule Keystone Committee consisting of members from MS and HS leadership
      Teams with Central office representation. Dr. Saladino and Dr. Marchini co-chair

     Review testing calendar with HS and MS staff, student and parents

     Set dates for information sharing at following meetings:

             o   Teaching and learning

             o   Superintendents cabinet
         o   COW

         o   MS and HS leadership meetings

         o   MS and HS after school PD meetings

February 2011
   Further Develop Communication plan with appropriate timelines

   Finalize key messages

   Draft letter for families and electronic communication including web page

   Work with HS and MS staff to identify best methods for sharing information with students

   Present at PTSA council meeting and COW on key dates and information

   Identify All students who will take exams

   Discuss and decide on testing schedule for various subjects and grade levels

   Communicate the testing schedule for May testing window

   Present graduation options to School board with recommendation from Committee

March 2011
   Focus on PSSA administration

   School Board reviews graduation options and requests more information if needed

   Keystone Committee Meeting

   Develop Field Test and Diagnostic administration schedule for 2011-2012

April 2011
   Finalize Testing schedule and details

   Review communication plan and send reminder to staff, students and parents

   Update all web information

   School Assessment Coordinator’s meeting

   School testing proctor’s meeting
May 2011
     Keystone exam administration for Algebra 1, English Literature, and Biology

     School Board decision on graduation option

     Plan for Making results accessible

June 2011
     Keystone Committee- Review exam administration

               o   What worked well?

               o   Areas of improvement

               o   Resources needed

October 2011
     May 2011 results available from PDE

Other Important Information

The table below lists the dates when the different keystone exams will be available:

Content Area                           Field Test                    Available for all schools

Algebra I, Biology, Literature         Fall 2010                     Spring 2011

Algebra II, Geometry,                  Spring 2011                   Winter 2011-2012

English Composition

U.S. History                           Fall 2012                     Spring 2013

Chemistry, Civics, Government,         Spring 2015                   TBD
World History
The Keystone Exams are aligned to the Pennsylvania Keystone Course Standards, Curriculum
Frameworks and Assessment Anchors/ Eligible Content. All were developed by Pennsylvania
educators. The Pennsylvania Keystone Course Standards, Curriculum Frameworks, and
Assessment Anchors/ Eligible Content are available on the Standards Aligned System (SAS)

Students taking Algebra 1
      All 7th and 8th graders enrolled in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1b
      All HS students enrolled in Algebra 1 or Algebra 1b

Students taking English Literature Keystone
      All 11th graders (tentative for current school year)

Students taking Biology Keystone Exam
      All HS students taking Biology

High School Graduation Requirements
      Completion of courses and grades
      Completion of culminating project
      Proficiency of State Standards
      Proficiency in each main subject as determined by
      Keystone Exam Counting as 33% of course grade (TBD) or
      Keystone Exam as stand-alone proficiency (TBD)

Project Based Assessment – A student who does not achieve proficiency on a keystone Exam
after 2 attempts is eligible to complete a project-based assessment. Projects will align with
Keystone exam, developed by PDE and administered at local school.

Guidance for IEP teams – A student with a disability should participate in the Keystone Exams
with accommodations as necessary. Students can retake the exam during a subsequent
The Classroom Diagnostic Tools are a set of online assessments designed to provide diagnostic
information in order to guide instruction and provide report. The CDT will be offered in grade 6 through
High School and will be available for use throughout the school year. The CDT is based on based on
content assessed by the keystone exams and the PSSA. It includes an interactive reporting component.


Testing Calendar

Other areas of Concern and future topics of discussion
       Transition to Common Core Standards
       Month Communication plan for community
       Guiding Principles for District and State Assessments
       Phase 2 – k-12 assessment alignment

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