Understanding the Keystone Exams

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, “the Keystone exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. The exams are designed to measure the state's Common Core Standards, which, a PDE document states, are aligned toward college and workplace success." (PDE website) Similar to the PSSA, the Keystone are scored using the terminology of advanced, proficient, basic and below basic, with score ranges from 1200 to 1800.

For more information about the Keystone Exams in Palisades, please view the following brief YouTube videos at the links provided.

Effective with the Class of 2023, all students must complete a "pathway to graduation", in addition to local requirements.  An explanation of those "pathways to graduation" can be found here.

Video #1 - What are the Keystone Exams?

Video #2 - How do Palisades students perform on the Keystone Exams?  

Video #3 - What is the Program of Study at Palisades High School to
ensure that all students reach proficiency? 

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