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Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Keystone Exams in the following subjects were developed by the Department and made available for use by school districts, AVTSs and charter schools, including cyber charter schools:

  • Algebra I
  • Literature
  • Biology

The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's statewide high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s statewide graduation requirements.

Keystone Exams Waiver - Impacts on LEA Practices

Access guidance on Keystone end-of-course exams (Keystone Exams) in the context of the pandemic of 2020, federal assessment and accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year, and Act 13 of 2020 (Act 13).