2020-21 Keystone Exams

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    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 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. 


    Fall 2020

    The Fall 2020 session of the state-mandated Keystone Exams at Radnor High School is October 7-13. The following students will take a Fall 2020 Keystone Exam:

    • Biology Keystone Exam* for students enrolled in Biology in May 2020: Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 9
    • Algebra I Keystone Exam for students enrolled in Radnor High School's Algebra I summer school course: Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12

    Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students should arrive on time. Homeroom attendance will be taken upon entering the testing site. Approximately 120 minutes has been alloted for each testing module.

    *Note: We recommend that students enrolled in Biology in May 2020 take the Keystone Exam in October. However, we understand that parents and students received a short window of time to prepare for the October test and are permitting those who would like additional time for their student to delay taking the test until December. While we are able to offer this option, we do advise against delaying or opting out of the exam. The more time that passes, the less material that will be retained by our students. With that understanding, any parent/guardian who wishes to delay testing for their child until December should email Ms. Keziah La Torre at keziah.latorre@rtsd.org with the subject line "December Keystone Option." 


    Winter 2020

    The Winter 2020 session of the state-mandated Keystone Exams at Radnor High School is December 1-15. The following students will take a Winter 2020 Keystone Exam:

    • Students enrolled in Algebra in May 2020
    • Students enrolled in Biology in May 2020 who are taking the Biology Exam for the first time or who are retaking the Biology Keystone Exam  
    • Students enrolled in World Literature in May 2020  


    Spring 2021

    The Spring 2021 session of the state-mandated Keystone Exams is May 17-28. The following students will take a Winter 2020 Keystone Exam:

    The following students will take a Spring 2021 Keystone Exam:

    • Students who are currently enrolled in College Prep or Advanced Algebra I.
    • Students who are currently enrolled in College Prep, Advanced, or Honors Biology.
    • Students who are currently enrolled in College Prep, Advanced, or Honors World Literature, as well as those enrolled in Global Issues.
    • Any student who has completed Algebra I, Biology, or 10th grade English and who has not yet taken the Keystone Exam in that subject area. 


    For additional information, please see the Keystone Resource Page here. Questions? Contact Mrs. Keziah La Torre, Assistant Principal of Student Services, at Keziah.LaTorre@rtsd.org or call 610-293-0855 x3504.

Additional Information About Fall 2020 Keystone Exams

  • Keystone exams will take place on October 7 (Cohort A Day), October 8 (Cohort B Day), October 9 (Cohort A Day) and October 12 (Cohort B Day) Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Bus transportation will be available for students who require it at their regularly scheduled pick-up time.

    • Students who are taking a Keystone Exam and are scheduled to attend classes in-person that day, according to the cohort schedule, will remain at RHS to attend classes in-person for the remainder of the school day.

    • Students who are taking a Keystone Exam and are not scheduled to attend classes in-person that day, according to the cohort schedule, may get a ride home from a parent/guardian OR ride the bus home, which will depart from RHS at 1 p.m. Should a student require extended time past the 1 p.m. bus departure, they may stay at school until dismissal at 3:10 p.m. and ride the bus home at that time.

    • If a student misses class due to their participation in a Keystone Exam, the absence will be excused. Students should check Schoology to see what work they missed and reach out to their teacher with questions. 

Keystone Remediation

  • Keystone remediation is no longer required for students who do not achieve proficiency on the Keystone Exams. As a result, Radnor High School will not offer Keystone courses in the 2020-2021 school year. 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 Mrs. Keziah La Torre, Assistant Principal of Student Affairs. Act 158 applies to the Class of 2022 and beyond.