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Keystone Exam Update, April

 

Lower Dauphin Keystone Testing

Spring 2021

 April 19, 2021

The Keystone Exams are state-mandated end-of-course assessments in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. At the high school level, they are used to satisfy the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Each Keystone Exam is divided into two parts called modules. Student scores are based on the total points earned from the two modules combined. The scores are then broken down into the following categories: Advanced, Proficient, Basic and Below Basic. Students must score in the Advanced or Proficient range to show mastery of the content.

PDE requires that students in the classes of 2023 and below demonstrate proficiency on the Keystones as a graduation requirement. A student who does not score proficient or advanced may retake the Keystone exam in another wave of testing or choose to pursue an alternative pathway.

As with PSSA tests, parents may review Keystone Exams per state regulations and opt out for religious reasons. Students in the class of 2023 and below who opt out due to religious reasons are still required under state law to demonstrate proficiency on the Keystone content in each of the assessed areas using an alternative pathway in place of the exam.

Alternative graduation pathways can be found here: Act 158 Graduation Pathway Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government is not requiring any student that was enrolled in a Keystone Exam trigger course (Algebra I, Biology, English Literature) during the spring of the 2019-20 school year, regardless of their current grade level or expected graduation date, to take the associated Keystone Exam(s). However, any student in this 2019-20 Cohort that wishes to test may opt into testing by contacting Mrs. Stephanie Vaughn at svaughn@ldsd.org.

 

WHO SHOULD TEST?

Algebra I

●   Any student currently enrolled in CP Algebra I, Algebra 1B, or Basic Algebra B

●   Freshmen & Sophomore students who previously took the Algebra I Keystone assessment and received a non-proficient score.

Literature

●   Any student currently enrolled in English 10, CRP English 10, TP English 10, CP English 10, or Hon English 10.

Biology

●   Any student currently enrolled in Gen Biology, CP Biology, Hon Biology or Keystone Biology Prep

●   Freshmen & Sophomore students who previously took the Biology Keystone assessment and received a non-proficient score. 

  

 

LOWER DAUPHIN'S SPRING 2021 TESTING SCHEDULE

 Algebra I

●   Monday, May 24th (Module 1) & Tuesday, May 25th (Module 2)

●   School will be operating on a 2-hour delay schedule

●   Students testing - Arrive by 7:34am

●   Students not testing - Arrive by 9:34am

Literature

●   Wednesday, May 26th (Module 1) & Thursday, May 27th (Module 2)

●   School will be running on a 2-hour delay schedule

●   Students testing - Arrive by 7:34am

●   Students not testing - Arrive by 9:34am

Biology

●   Tuesday, June 1st (Module 1) & Wednesday, June 2nd (Module 2)

●   School will be running on a 2-hour delay schedule

●   Students testing - Arrive by 7:34am

●   Students not testing - Arrive by 9:34am

Testing for full-time synchronous learners

●   Friday, May 28th - Transportation not provided

●   School will be running on a virtual Friday schedule

●   Students testing - Arrive by 7:34am

●   Students not testing - Synchronous learning

Make-ups

●   Friday, May 28th - Transportation not provided - Make-ups will begin at 7:34am

●   Thursday, June 3rd - Regular bell schedule - Make-ups will begin at 7:34am 

 

--- On all 2-hour delay days listed above, school transportation will be provided at its usual time.

--- Students not testing who arrive on or before 7:34am will report directly to the cafeteria for a study hall.

--- If students not testing wish to utilize the 2-hour delay schedule and arrive at 9:34am, personal transportation will need to be arranged.

 

 



 

Lower Dauphin High School Keystone Exam Update

January 18, 2021

 

Pennsylvania recently passed a new law which will delay the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement until the Class of 2023 (current high school 10th graders). Keystone Exams will not be a graduation requirement for the Class of 2021 or 2022. 

Students who completed a Keystone exam-related course (English 10, Algebra, Biology) during the 2019-20 school year are not required to take the Keystone exams and shall be deemed proficient as long as the student has successfully passed the course with a final course grade of 60 percent or higher. 

 

·Keystone Exams are still scheduled for the Spring Testing Window in May of 2021 for students taking Algebra, Biology, and Literature.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a current 10th grade student taking Biology and Literature courses this school year. Will I be taking Biology and Literature Keystone Exams in May 2021?

Yes, As of January 18, 2021 Keystone Exams are still scheduled during the Spring Testing Window of May 17-28.

 

I am a current 9th grade student and took Algebra last year at the Middle School. Do I still need to make-up the Keystone Algebra Exam since it was canceled during the Spring of 2020?

No, you will be marked as proficient as long as you have a passing grade in the Keystone Course. Proficiency on Keystone Exams are scheduled to be a graduation requirement for the Class of 2024.

 

I am student who took Algebra, Biology, or Literature during the 2019-20 school year. Am I able to take the Keystone Exam(s) I missed during the Spring 2020 cancelation?

Yes, contact your counselor if you would like to still take the Keystone Exams you missed during the Spring of 2020. Your make-up exams would be scheduled during the Spring Window of May 17-28.

 

 When is Keystone Testing for this year?

This year’s Spring Testing Window is May 17 - 28, 2021. 

 

Please contact your grade-level counselor, Mr. Wastler or Mr. Hanula if you have specific questions.