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Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are state-mandated end-of-course assessments in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. At the high school level, they are used to satisfy the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  

Each Keystone Exam is divided into two parts called modules. Student scores are based on the total points earned from the two modules combined. The scores are then broken down into the following categories: Advanced, Proficient, Basic and Below Basic. Students must score in the Advanced or Proficient range to show mastery of the content.

If you have questions about the administration or scheduling of Keystone exams, please contact Assistant Principal of Student Affairs Dr. Joseph MacNamara. If you have specific question about the Keystone exams, your child’s scores, the Pennsylvania Graduation Requirement, or the alternative pathways, contact Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs Ryan Buterbaugh.

Keystone Exams and Graduation Requirement Information Night

Parents/guardians of Radnor High School students in grades 9-11 were invited to attend a Keystone Exam and Graduation Requirement Information Session on February 24, 2022. During this session, administration provided parents and guardians with an overview of Act 158 of 2018 as it relates to the Pennsylvania graduation requirement, and how it affects RHS students. They also reviewed the Keystone Exams, including the testing window and how to prepare, and the different graduation pathways. The event concluded with Q&A with attendees.

Keystone Exam and Graduation Requirement Information Session Presentation (PPT)

Keystone Exams During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the statewide graduation requirement associated with Keystone proficiency has been postponed and now only applies to the Class of 2023 and beyond. Current seniors (Class of 2022) are exempt from the Pennsylvania State Graduation Requirement. For additional information, please see the Keystone Resource FAQ.

Class of 2023 and Beyond

Per Act 158, should any student in the Class of 2023 and below not achieve advanced or proficient on the Keystones, they can now meet the statewide graduation requirements by completing one of the following pathways. The information below was adapted from the PDE website on graduation requirements  on November 10, 2021.

Keystone Remediation

Keystone remediation is no longer required for students who do not achieve proficiency on the Keystone Exams.  Students still have the option to re-test on the Keystone Exams; however, they will not have the option to do the Project Based Assessment to achieve proficiency. If a student wishes to retest, they need to inform both their school counselor and Ryan Buterbaugh, Assistant Principal of Academic Affairs. Act 158 applies to the Class of 2023 and beyond.