Keystone Testing

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This week at Chartiers Valley High School,the Literature Keystone testing is taking place. When students enter into the High School as Freshmen they have to undergo Keystone testing. Keystone testing was just made a law not too long ago and replaced PSSA testing. Students will take the Biology Keystone, Algebra Keystone, and Literature Keystone. All of these Keystone tests are taken in High Schools all over the United States and as of the class of 2017 they have to pass all of them in order to graduate. I am the class of 2016 and we still had to take the tests, but if people in my grade did not pass, it did not matter, however, I passed all of mine so I was good. Each of the Keystone tests are all basic knowledge so they should be fairly easy to pass if you try, however, if you do not then they have remediation classes and teachers who teach that certain course usually help their students as much as possible to prepare for the tests if they have to retake them. The Literature Keystone test is for Juniors only, so students do not have to take that test until then. These tests do not usually interfere with daily school activities because they will take the test in their English classes but have a different teacher sit in as the proctor. I asked my friend Brooke Lapia how she felt about the Keystones and she said, “Keystones help underclassmen prepare for the SAT and ACT testing. They are a building block to set stone the rest of their High School career.”

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