The Keystone Exams are in May

Partners Post, April 2016

PA Keystone Exams

In May, middle and high school students across Pennsylvania will take the Keystone Exams, end-of-course tests in algebra, biology, and English literature. The Keystones are administered three times a year, including in May. Students will receive a score of Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, or Advanced. Parents can expect to see scores in the mail within a month.

A change in law earlier this year delayed the use of the Keystones as a graduation requirement until 2019. Students graduating before then still have to take the tests, and school districts must offer supplemental instruction to those students who score less than Proficient, but students are not required to take any of the exams more than once, regardless of their score.

If your child is planning on taking any of the Keystone Exams, here are a few ways you can show your support:

  • Talk to your children about the test and any concerns they may have.
  • Remind your child he or she is more than a test score.
  • Make sure you know the school's testing calendar and schedule.
  • Avoid scheduling trips and appointments that would result in your child missing a testing session.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Make sure your child arrives on time to school on testing days.

Get more tips and information by reading Partners' two-page resource on the Keystone Exams.


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