Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Keystone exams?
Keystone exams are state-mandated end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in Algebra I, Biology and Literature. 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.
Are the Keystone exams required?
Beginning with the graduating class of 2023, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency by scoring in the Advanced or Proficient range showing mastery of content in each of the 3 Keystone courses or by fulfilling one of the other state-designed pathways to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the Keystone exams throughout their high school careers.
How many times can a student take a Keystone exam?
Keystone exams are initially given at the end of each Keystone-assessed course. If a student does not score Proficient or better after taking a Keystone exam, he or she will be given opportunities to take the exam during other testing windows. Students are not penalized for the number of times they choose to retake a Keystone exam. Once a student scores Advanced or Proficient he/she has met the graduation requirement and is finished with that exam.
If a student is unable to achieve a proficient score on a Keystone Exam, the student will work with his or her guidance counselor to create a plan to complete an alternative Keystone Pathway for Graduation.
See our information regarding the Act 158 Graduation Requirements here.
Can a student receive accommodations on the Keystone exams?
Students with special needs will receive accommodations as outlined in their IEPs/504s, subject to any limitations the state has placed on a particular test.
How will Lenape Tech prepare students to take the Keystone Exams?
Lenape Technical School ensures that the curriculum is aligned to the state standards. Students are provided a targeted remediation program that addresses important concepts for each Keystone Exam. Remediation is provided by certified teachers during our TAP/CCR period, preventing student from missing any academic or technical instructional time.
What happens if a student has a concussion or other significant medical issue and cannot take a Keystone Exam during the testing window?
Students experiencing a significant and sudden medical condition preventing them from taking a Keystone Exam during the testing window must have a note from their doctor stating the reason for the temporary exemption. The note must include start and end dates for the condition. Any student who misses the testing period will make-up the missed Keystone Exams at the next available window. Students who are unable to take a Keystone Exam due to a significant and sudden medical condition will also be unable to participate in extra-curricular activities during the testing window.
What can families do to support and prepare students for the Keystone exams?
- Be aware of testing dates and schedules.
- Ensure students are in regular attendance to school.
- Ensure students get a good night’s sleep, especially during testing windows.
- Know how to access support for review and practice, if needed.
- Reach out to teachers, administrators or guidance if you have any questions or concerns.
- Remain positive about the test and the experience.
Keystone Opt-Out Information
The protocol for parental request for exclusion from the assessment is as follows:
Prior to each testing window, assessments will be available for review by parents and guardians. The assessment must be reviewed on district property and district personnel must be present at all times. Districts must provide a convenient time for the review.
Parents and guardians must sign a Parent Confidentiality Agreement. Parents and guardians may not photocopy, write down, or in any other manner record any portion of the assessments, including directions.
If after reviewing the test parents/guardians find the test to be in conflict with their religious beliefs and wish their student(s) to be excused from the test, the parents/guardians must provide a written request that states the objection to the school principal.
Any additional questions regarding Keystone testing for Lenape Tech students can be directed to Dr. Jason Gurski, Assistant Director/Principal at email@example.com or 724-63-7116.