• April 15, 2021

    Keystone Exam Schedule

    Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced that schools are required to administer annual state achievement tests for the 2020-2021 school year, although certain flexibility in testing dates and participation requirements would be offered to states. In Pennsylvania, the test administration window has been extended to allow school districts to administer the assessments to more students and to allow for applicable health and safety protocols.

    Tested Subject Areas 
    All students currently enrolled in Algebra I, Biology, or English 10 courses will be tested in the corresponding Keystone Exam. 

    Additionally, any student who was enrolled in Algebra I, Biology, or English 10 courses during the 2019-2020 school year may opt to take the Keystone Exam that was cancelled last spring. For the purposes of graduation requirements, any student who was in a course with an associated Keystone Exam last year has been deemed proficient. Any student who wishes to take the Spring 2021 administration of a Keystone Exam that was cancelled in Spring 2020, should email hs-assessments@uscsd.k12.pa.us.

    We are providing you with the planned testing dates for administering the Keystone Exams this spring. However, due to specific circumstances at each school, each school will have its own Keystone Exam schedule to meet the individual needs of the students in that building. The testing window for Keystone Exams begins May 17 and extends through September 2021. The school district has opted to complete required testing prior to the end of the current school year. Fort Couch Middle School and Upper St. Clair High School will communicate specific testing day schedules, including logistics for remote learners, ahead of testing.


    Content Area

    Level / Building

    Algebra I



    Upper St. Clair HS

    May 17 & 24

    May 19 & 26

    May 19 & 26

    Fort Couch MS

    May 25, 27



    Health & Safety Protocols
    Testing will be completed in a manner such that all health and safety mitigation strategies can be implemented. Remote students will be provided with an opportunity to complete their required assessments in a setting that is physically distanced at six feet. 

    Assessment Results
    For students in the Class of 2023 or beyond, statewide graduation requirements include proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Biology, and Literature. Students have options for meeting graduation requirements through passing the course-affiliated Keystone Exams as well as other pathways. Assessment results will be sent to families when they are received. Typically, the results are received in the fall of the next school year.

    Testing Participation
    All students in Keystone Exam associated courses - including remote and in-person learners - are included in the administration of the Keystone Exams. Should you wish to exclude your student from testing this year, a parent/guardian must submit a request in writing via email to the respective building leaders and assessment coordinators by this Wednesday, April 21, 2021:
    Please include: student name, grade level, homeroom, and subject area. Students who do not participate in the Keystone Exam will participate in academic review during the testing period.

    Below are links to additional important information regarding the Keystone Exam. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

    Lauren Madia
    Director of Pupil Services