Based on recent and ongoing legislative action in Pennsylvania, proficiency in Keystone Exams is not a state graduation requirement for students in the Class of 2017 (current seniors) and Class of 2018 (current juniors). The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has issued a Frequently Asked Questions document on this topic. The Pine-Richland School District website will be updated with current information and local requirements as they become available.However, Federal regulations still require schools to participate in state assessments. In addition, the Pine-Richland graduation policy requirements stipulate that students must demonstrate mastery of the PA Core Standards on the Keystone Exams or local assessments. Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in three subjects:
Keystone Exams are one component of PRHS graduation requirements. The exams help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards. Keystone Exams are typically taken during the spring of the year in which a student is enrolled in the given course. Students must demonstrate proficiency on each of the three Keystone Exams. If a student does not receive a score of “Advanced” or “Proficient” on a Keystone Exam, the student is permitted to retest during designated windows established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.Students who score below proficient on any Keystone Exam are encouraged to complete a corresponding Keystone supplemental instruction course. Pine-Richland High School offers three options for remediation:
- Algebra I
Decisions about the appropriate intervention are made on an individual student basis.Navigate the Keystone Website by clicking on the title topic below or click on a topic listed on the left column.
- USA Test Prep
- Blackboard course
- Face-to-face course on an A/B Day Schedule