PA Keystone Exams

The Keystone Exams are a set of end-of-course assessments used by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to evaluate proficiency in academic content.

The Haverford High School administers the Keystone Exams during the Winter and Spring semesters. Exams in Biology, Literature, and Algebra 1 are administered in the winter for students who completed those classes in the first semester. A similar window of testing occurs in May for students in year-long and second-semester courses. Students and their parents will be notified when they are scheduled to test.

Starting with the graduating class of 2023, students have the option to demonstrate postsecondary preparedness through one of four 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, they must still take the exams for purposes of federal accountability. Failure to do so will affect a Local Education Agency (LEA) and the school's participation rate.

If you have any specific questions about Keystone testing requirements or how they apply to your child, please contact your child's counselor or call the High School main office at 610-853-5900 x2510.

Additionally, please review these very important PDE policies for the state-testing program: