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Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are quickly approaching. These end-of-course assessments provide our learners the opportunity to display their knowledge in the areas of Algebra 1, Biology, and Literature. Our teachers have been working diligently to provide the very best instruction for your child. All learners enrolled in Keystone-tested courses whether they are In-Person or EOL, are expected to complete the Keystone Exams during the testing period. Please keep in mind the following information regarding the Keystone Exams.

Keystone Exam Schedule:

      May 18, 2022 – Literature / Retakes (Module 1) | Modified Schedule

      May 19, 2022 – Literature / Retakes (Module 2) | Modified Schedule

      May 20, 2022 – Biology / Make-Ups / Algebra 1 Retakes (Module 1) | Modified Schedule

      May 23, 2022 – Biology / Make-Ups / Algebra 1 Retakes (Module 2) | Modified Schedule 

      May 25-27, 2022 – Make-Ups | Normal Schedule

Due to the rigorous nature of the Keystone Exams, we will operate on a modified schedule on the days of testing. 

  • May 18th and May 19th 

    • We will use Assessment Schedule 1 (see below)

  • May 20th and May 23rd

    • We will use Assessment Schedule 2 (see below)


Please also note the following expectations regarding our schedule and arrival:

  • Learners taking Keystone Exams are expected to arrive at school at the normal time (by 7:30AM).

  • Learners who are not participating in the Keystone Exams will be permitted to take advantage of our late arrival incentive by arriving at 10:25 AM on May 18, 19, 20, 23, as we will be operating on a modified schedule. 

    • Please note that if your child wants to participate in this late arrival incentive, he or she will have to attain their own transportation as the bus schedule will not be modified. Any learners who are not testing and choose to arrive at the normal time will have a quiet study hall in their respective homeroom during the modified schedule.

  • The high school will offer make-up days to any learner who misses a day of testing.

Please note, non-testing learners are not permitted to depart our busses and walk across the street to Yoder’s. This has caused problems for the school in the past, and we want to be respectful of our neighbors. If non-testing learners do not intend to participate in the quiet study hall, please take advantage of the late-arrival incentive.  

Keystone Exam Reminders:

  • Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. According to local policy, learners must demonstrate proficiency on state assessments to graduate. We offer learners multiple opportunities to take the Keystones throughout their high school career.

  • Garden Spot High School administers the Keystone Exams through a web-based program. However, learners must complete the assessment at the school, and in the presence of a trained Test Administrator. Therefore, learner computers must be fully charged to complete the Keystone Exams. All other electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, Kindles, etc.) are prohibited and are not to be brought into the testing room. Misuse of electronic devices during testing can result in fines ranging from $750 - $30,000 for a single violation (17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.), which will be billed to parties violating the policy. School discipline will also be issued and learner scores will be invalidated.

  • If there is a delay or cancelation of school due to inclement weather, Keystone Exams will be postponed to the next available school day. Furthermore, all learners should then arrive at the regularly scheduled delay time (e.g. 2-hour delay arrival at 9:30 AM).

  • For learners currently enrolled in a Keystone-tested course (i.e. Algebra, Biology, or English 10), please reiterate the importance of this assessment and encourage your son/daughter to take it very seriously. The Keystone Exam will act as the Final Exam for the course.

  • Garden Spot High School will receive the results of the Keystone Exams approximately two months after completion. Individual Student Reports will be mailed home by the high school upon receipt.

  • Learners should get a good night’s sleep the evenings leading up to the respective exams and eat a healthy breakfast on the mornings of exams.

  • Again, Garden Spot High School will operate on a modified bell schedule on the days of testing.

As always, we anticipate excellent results on the Keystone Exams. If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact the main office at (717) 354-1550.