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Graduation and Keystone Pathways

Effective with the graduating class of 2023, students have the option to demonstrate postsecondary preparedness through  additional pathways that more fully illustrate college, career, and community readiness. Keystone Exams will continue as the statewide assessment Pennsylvania uses to comply with accountability requirements set forth in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Although students will no longer be required to achieve proficiency on the Keystone Exams to meet the statewide graduation requirement, students must take the Keystone Exams for purposes of federal accountability

In October of 2018, the Pennsylvania requirement that all students must obtain a proficient or advanced score on each of the three Keystone Exams (Algebra 1, Biology & Literature) was removed. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, a new statewide graduation requirement will apply in addition to the Chartiers Valley High School graduation requirements. The new Pennsylvania graduation requirements provide five alternative pathways for high school students to demonstrate readiness for postsecondary success.

  1. Students who score proficient on all keystone exams will graduate according to Pathway 1.

  2. Students who do not successfully score proficient on all tests but earn a combined minimum score of 4452 on all three exams will graduate according to Pathway 2.

  3. Students who attain an Industry-Based Competency Certification or demonstrate likelihood of success on an approved industry-based assessment, or demonstrate readiness for continued meaningful engagement in their Career & Technical Education program of study will graduate according to the CTE concentrator Pathway 3.

  4. Students who do not meet requirements for Pathways 1 through 3, but pass the congruent keystone course (Algebra I, Biology, English 10) and meet minimum score requirements on an alternative assessment (e.g. PSAT, SAT, AP, ASVAB, etc.) OR are accepted into a 4-year college level institution will graduate according to Pathway 4.

  5. Students who do not meet requirements for pathways 1 through 4 must provide three additional pieces of evidence that are aligned with individual student goals and future career plans to graduate according to Pathway 5.

It is important to remember that Keystone Exams are the statewide assessment that Pennsylvania uses to comply with accountability requirements in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Chartiers Valley School District is still expected to achieve 95 percent participation on its statewide exams.

PA Pathways to Graduation - Pathway Criteria