PSSA and Keystone Resources


In 1999, Pennsylvania adopted academic standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and for Mathematics.  These standards identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.  School districts possess the freedom to design curriculum and instruction to ensure that students meet or exceed the standards’ expectations.

PDE Resources

  • Performance Level Descriptors and Cut Scores (All Grade/Subjects)
  • Item and Scoring Samples
  • Scoring Guidelines


The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess the proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, and Civics and Government.

The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania’s new system of high school graduation requirements.  Keystone Exams will help school district’s guide students toward meeting state standards.

PDE Resources

  • Administrative Material
  • Eligible Content
  • Itema nd Scoring Samples
  • Scoring Guidelines