The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s new system of high school graduation requirements for students in the class of 2017 and beyond. Students take the exams toward the end of specific courses, beginning in 2010‐2011 for Algebra I, Biology, and Literature. The Student Report displays how a student performed on each Keystone Exam. This guide helps explain the scores on the student’s report. If the student did not take both modules of an exam, part of the report is blank. Remember, these exams are only one measure of the student’s growth academically.
The Keystone Exams include multiple‐choice questions and constructed‐response, or open‐ended, questions. For each Keystone Exam, approximately 60% to 75% of the total score is from multiple‐choice questions and 25% to 40% of the total score is from constructed‐response questions.
Keystone Interpretation Guide for Parents:
Understanding the Keystone Anchors and Eligible Content: