Keystone Exams - Literature test scores by proficiency level in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Prior to the implementation of the Keystone Exams, Pennsylvania faced a troubling pattern among its high school graduates. Too many of them - tens of thousands each year - were receiving diplomas despite failing to show proficiency in core subjects like reading and math. In other words, our schools were sending students into a global competition without the skills necessary to succeed – sometimes setting them up for failure they couldn’t see coming. To remedy this situation, the Keystone Exams help ensure Pennsylvania high school students can compete and succeed in the global economy and ensure that a high school diploma is a guarantee that a graduate is ready for the rigors of the workforce or post-secondary education.
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Keystone Exams - Literature test scores by proficiency level

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: Grade 11 scores are based on the best score to date for the assessment in which the student participated.
Project based assessments are excluded from accountability.

For 2014 -2015, only the results of the Keystone End of Course Assessment results are included.

Data Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Assessment and Accountability

Footnotes: LNE = Low Number Event.  Statistics (rates, ratios, percents) are not calculated and displayed for counts less than 10 (or less than 3 for Bayesian/Nearest Neighbor rates). 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide PSSA & Keystone assessments were cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.  For the 2020-2021 school year, Pennsylvania, like many states across the nation, afforded school entities the option to administer assessments at any time between the traditional spring window and the following fall to allow for flexibility as schools navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the test results will not be used for educator evaluations and the variability in testing periods, sharply reduced student participation rates, and other factors make comparisons between school entities and across school years improper.  Given these circumstances, the results should not be viewed as a complete, representative sample of all students in the commonwealth and will not be available.

Updated October 2020