Keystone Exam Rankings 2019

Keystone Exam Rankings 2019
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Keystone Exams are administered to students in grades 8-11 as an end-of-course assessment designed to measure 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.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently released the results of standardized tests administered to students last spring, including the Keystone exams. Annually, the Pittsburgh Business Times takes the results of the Keystone exam, crunches the data from the state, and reports a ranking of some 145 school districts, charter schools and cyber charter schools in Western Pennsylvania.

Check out the 2019 Keystone Exam Rankings by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

According to the PBT report, Carlynton School District jumped from the 59th spot in 2018 up to the 45th spot in 2019, ranking it among the nearby school districts of Chartiers Valley and Montour.

The rankings of Western PA schools were compiled by scrutinizing the following data:

  • Enrollment
  • Percentage of students with IEPs, limited English-proficiency, and participation in free/reduced lunches
  • Racial/ethnic background
  • Pupil to teacher ratio
  • Cost per pupil expenditures
  • And of course, scores.

When assessment results are released by PDE, District administration and teachers dedicate hours to review and evaluate the scores. By conducting a “data dive,” staff are able to analyze scores to determine strengths and shortfalls. Adjustments to curriculum are then made in an attempt to meet and exceed those gaps in performance and strategies are put into place to provide remediation and/or enrichment.

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, Keystone Exams were developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and made available for use by school districts, AVTSs and charter schools, including cyber charter schools.

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

For the 2019-2020 school year, the spring Keystone Exams will be administered to students May 11-20, 2020.


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