What are the PA Graduation Requirement Pathways?

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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. This information is taken directly from the Standards Aligned System (SAS) Portal. For more additional information, please visit the SAS Portal
 
Pathway #1
Keystone Proficiency: Students achieving a minimum scaled score of 1500 or better in each of the three Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Biology, and Literature) demonstrate Keystone Proficiency and meet statewide requirements for high school graduation.  
 
Pathway #2
Keystone Composite Pathway: To qualify for the Keystone Composite Pathway, a student must have taken all three Keystone Exams and must have at least one Keystone Exam score of Proficient or Advanced and no Keystone Exam score of Below Basic. 

As approved by the State Board of Education, students also must earn a satisfactory composite score of 4452 or better in aggregate for the three Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Biology, and Literature) in order to fulfill the Keystone Composite requirements and meet statewide requirements for high school graduation. 

Students who do not have a score in all three Keystone Exam areas (e.g., an EL student who did not participate in the Keystone Literature Exam, a student who did not participate in a Keystone Exam for religious reasons, a student who did not participate due to COVID-19) do not qualify for either the Keystone Proficiency or Composite Pathways and must meet graduation requirements under the CTE Concentrator, Alternative Assessment, or Evidence-Based Pathways. 
 
Awarded “proficient” scores cannot be used toward Pathway #2 and a composite score of 4452. 
 
Pathway #3
Alternate Assessment: In addition to meeting local grade-based requirements for each Keystone Exam content area in which a student achieves less than Proficient, the student must also provide one (1) piece of evidence under this pathway: 

• Attainment of one alternative assessment score or better: ACT (21), ASVAB AFQT (31), PSAT/NMSQT (970), or SAT (1010) 
• Attainment of Gold Level or better on ACT WorkKeys 
• Attainment of 3 or better on AP Exam(s) related to each Keystone content area in which less than Proficient 
• Attainment of 4 or better on IB Exam(s) related to each Keystone content area in which less than Proficient 
• Successful completion of concurrent course(s) related to each Keystone content area in which less than Proficient 
• Successful completion of a pre-apprenticeship program 
• Acceptance into 4 yr Institution of Higher Education (IHE) for college-level coursework 
 
Pathway #4
Evidence Based: In addition to meeting local grade-based requirements for each Keystone Exam content in which a student achieved less than Proficient, the student must provide three (3) pieces of evidence under this pathway: 

• Attainment of 630 or better on any SAT Subject Test 
• Attainment of Silver Level or better on ACT WorkKeys 
• Attainment of 3 or better on any AP Exam 
• Attainment of 3 or better on any IB Exam 
• Successful completion of any concurrent or postsecondary course 
• Industry-recognized credentialization 
• Acceptance into an other-than-4yr Institution of Higher Education (IHE) for college-level coursework 
• Attainment of Proficient or Advanced on any Keystone Exam 
• Successful completion of a service-learning project 
• Letter guaranteeing full-time employment or military enlistment 
• Completion of an internship, externship, or cooperative education program 
• Compliance with NCAA Division II academic requirements 
 
Pathway #5
Career and Technical Education Pathway: In addition to meeting local grade-based requirements for each Keystone Exam content area in which a student achieves less than Proficient, the student must also provide one (1) piece of evidence under this pathway: 
 
• Industry-based competency certification 
• Likelihood of industry-based competency assessment success 
• Readiness for continued engagement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) Concentrator program of study 
 
The above information was taken from the PDE website on graduation requirements on November 10, 2021. 

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