Keystone Exams

Keystone Exams
May 15, 2014
DCIU Math Council
Sue Iocco ~ Garnet Valley SD
Keystone Changes
• Long term plans for the following additional
• Algebra II
• English Composition
• Geometry
• United States History
• Chemistry
• Civics and Government
• World History
When Will These Be Implemented?
English Composition
• Beginning in 2018-19 graduation
requirements would include a
determination of proficiency in English
• It will be administered during the 20142015 school year to determine cut scores
Civics and Government
• Civics and Government would be added
in 2019-2020 for graduation
• Civics and Government Keystone Exam
will be administered in 2016-2017 for the
purpose of establishing cut score and
proficiency levels.
Other Keystones Added for Voluntary
US History
Algebra II
World History
• Deleted a requirement that a student’s
transcript denote whether proficiency was
demonstrated by a project-based assessment
• Students who are subject to a religious optout of state assessments would be required to
participate in a project based assessment to
demonstrate proficiency for graduation.
Proficiency Pathways
• Replaced existing language that states Keystone
Exams count for at least 1/3 of the course grade with
the requirement that a student will demonstrate
“proficiency” on a Keystone Exam to graduate.
• Districts can utilize validated local assessments and
AP or IB exams as alternate pathways to proficiency
and continues to include protections for students
established in current law such as exam retakes,
supplemental instruction, project based assessments
and waivers of certain graduation requirements.
• Provide unlimited opportunities to take a
Keystone Exam to demonstrate proficiency,
providing an alternative project-based assessment
and requiring students to engage in supplemental
instruction before a second attempt on a
Keystone and before being able to participate in a
project-based assessment.
• The State will establish assessment anchors and
eligible content that will clearly communicate the
academic content that will be assessed.
• A student shall be permitted to retake any
Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam module in
which the student did not score proficient or
above at the next available testing date so
long as the student has participated in a
satisfactory manner in supplemental
• A student who has achieved a score of
proficient or advanced on a Keystone Exam
is not permitted to retake the exam.
• Requires that performance levels (advanced,
proficient, basic or below basic) be included on a
student transcript in subjects assessed by a
Keystone Exam to be reported beginning in the
2016-17 school year.
• No longer reporting scaled scores.
• A student taking Keystone Exams or modules
who did not score proficient shall be provided
supplemental instruction until the student can
demonstrate proficiency in the subject area or
the student begins a project-based
• Beginning in 2016-17 school year:
– a school district shall allow a student to take a
Keystone Exam prior to taking the course
associated with the exam’s content provided that
the student achieved a score of advanced on the
most recent associated PSSA assessment.
– A school district may allow a student who scores at
the advanced level on a particular Keystone Exam
prior to taking the course to be granted course credit
for the course without having to complete the
Our District’s Plans
•Keystone window’s extension is being utilized
–Algebra I Keystone will be given at MS and HS on
May 28 and 29, 2014
–Students are required to have some form of
remediation prior to retaking a Keystone exam
–HS Plan
•Math teachers select small groups of students to
work with during enhancement period
•Some students will be enrolled in the Keystone
Prep course in fall 2014 (and beyond)
Keystones and Changes
•Based on analysis of scores per modules, teachers
and students will decide whether student will
retake one or both modules.
•Math teachers have posted Keystone review
questions for students to complete independently
•Summer Keystone workshop has been proposed
•Sequencing of Courses/changes
–To date, no change in sequencing (Algebra I
Geometry, Algebra II)
–As courses are being rewritten, all Keystone E.C. is
being included
–New texts are checked to see if E.C. is included
–Complexity of test questions is increasing
More Keystone Changes
•Scheduling situations/changes
–Effort is made to schedule students into Algebra M-I
in the fall and M-II in the Spring (2 semesters of
Algebra to complete Algebra I requirement)
–Attempt is being made to schedule an Algebra I
course as a full year every other day course for those
who would benefit from al full year with math

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