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Keystone Exam Graduation Requirement Updates
On February 3, 2016 Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 880 into law which delays the graduation requirement associated with the state’s end-of-course tests, known as the Keystone Exams, for two years, until the 2018-19 school year. Additional information from the state may be accessed here.
The Upper St. Clair High School Program of Studies has been revised to reflect this updated legislation (see below). If you have any questions, please contact a school counselor or call the counseling office at (412) 833-1600, ext. 2294.
From the Upper St. Clair High School Program of Studies, page 3:
STATE TESTING PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS
Students graduating prior to the 2018/19 school year are required for federal accountability purposes to participate in the Keystone Exams in the areas of Algebra 1, Biology, and English Literature by the end of grade 11.
Students graduating in the 2018/19 school year and beyond must participate in the Keystone Exams in the areas of Algebra 1, Biology, and English Literature and demonstrate proficiency in these areas by achieving a score of Proficient or Advanced.
Students who earn a score of Basic or Below Basic on a particular exam and graduate in 2018/2019 and beyond will be required to participate in supplemental instruction in that content area prior to retaking the exam multiple times prior to the end of 11th grade if they have not scored above Basic. If they have not scored above Basic after two attempts on an exam or module, they qualify to participate in one or more project-based assessments as a means to demonstrate proficiency in that content area. Project-based assessments are developed by the Pa. Department of Education, administered by the school, and scored by Statewide panels. The Statewide review panels shall score student projects according to scoring protocols and rubrics developed by the Department.