During the month of May, students at the Valley View High School will be participating in the new Keystone Exams in the areas of Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature. Beginning in 2012-2013 the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams will replace the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in mathematics, reading, and science for purposes of satisfying No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements.
During the May testing window, students that are enrolled in Algebra 1, Biology, and 10th Grade Literature will take the end of course Keystone in the subject area. Also during the May testing window, any student that took part in a Winter Keystone Exam and was not proficient will retake the Keystone Exam in that subject area.
Keystone Exams are meant to be an "end of course" exam. With that in mind, students in any grade who are enrolled in a Keystone related course (Algebra I, Biology, English 10) will participate in that Keystone Exam at the end of course. For example, students typically take Biology during the sophomore year of high school. The student will take Biology Keystone Exam at the end of the course whether in the fall or spring semester.
PLEASE GO TO THE "FOR PARENTS" TAB ABOVE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE KEYSTONE EXAMS.