Report Release: Pennsylvania’s Keystone Exams:
An Analysis of 2013-14 Publicly-Available Data
Beginning with the class of 2017, Pennsylvania students’ performance on Keystone exams will play a major role in whether they receive high school diplomas.
This policy, and the state’s move toward test-based accountability, has been controversial. Many supporters believe that exit exams will ensure greater equity in academic expectations statewide, while opponents contend that exit exams will narrow curriculum, burden both teachers and students, and negatively impact graduation rates–especially for disadvantaged students.
Earlier this year, test results for the 2013-14 administration of the Keystones were released; the results provide an initial indication of how students are performing.
RFA’s analysis of these data found:
The rollout of the graduation requirements policy is complex, and some challenges in the first years of implementation are to be expected. Still, the assessment results bear careful watching. Read the brief for more.