• HAHS Campus Frequently Asked Questions

    Pennsylvania Graduation Requirements-Act 158

    PA Graduation Requirements-Act 158 questions can be sent to the following link:  
     
    • What is the difference between local and statewide graduation requirements?
      • Minimally, statewide graduation requirements must be met; AND the HASD board-approved graduation policy must be met.
    • Where can I access prior Keystone Exam results?
      • Keystone Exam results have been uploaded to Skyward student accounts. 
      • After logging into Skyward, click on the Test Scores tab and Keystone Exam results are available.
    • How do I know if I have met the graduation requirement?
      • Class of 2023 (11th grade): please contact your 8th period teacher or guidance counselor (HAAS, HACC, & HAHS) or your 13th period teacher, guidance counselor, or Mrs. Medek (HAVA)
      • Class of 2024 and beyond (10th grade & beyond):  you will be notified in the spring of 11th grade if the graduation requirement has been met by the Keystone Exams proficiency or composite pathways.
    • How is Pathway #1 Keystone Exam proficiency met?
      • Students achieve a minimum scale score of 1500 or better in each of the three Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Biology, and Literature).
      • Students enrolled in Keystone "trigger" courses (Algebra I, Algebra IB, Biology IB, and/or English 2) in 2019-2020 and who would have been first-time test takers in 2019-2020 are considered KEYSTONE NON-NUMERIC PROFICIENT for purposes of graduation requirements, providing you passed the "trigger" course.
      • Students who do not have a score in all three Keystone Exam areas (e.g., an EL student who did not participate in the Keystone Literature Exam, a student who did not participate in a Keystone Exam for religious reasons) do not qualify for the Keystone Proficiency or Composite Pathway.
    • How is the composite score on the Keystone Exams determined?
      • To qualify for the Keystone Composite Pathway, a student must take all three Keystone Exams and must have at least one Keystone Exam score of Proficient or Advanced and no Keystone Exams score of Below Basic.
      • As approved by the State Board of Education, students also must earn a satisfactory composite score of 4452 or better in aggregate for the three Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Biology and Literature) to fulfill the Keystone Composite requirements and meet statewide requirements for high school graduation.
      • Keystone non-numeric PROFICIENT from 2019-2020 "trigger" courses are not able to be used for the composite pathway. 
    • When will I begin alternative pathways?
      • Alternative pathways begin in fall of senior year
      • If you do not meet the graduation requirement for the Keystone Exams, you will receive more information from administration when returning in September SY2022-2023.
      • If you do not meet the graduation requirement by Keystone proficiency or Keystone composite pathways, the graduation requirement can be met by the CTE Concentrator, Alternative Assessment, or Evidence-Based Pathways.
    • If I am proficient as a result of taking "trigger" courses in 2019-2020 do I still need to take the Keystone Exams?
      • Yes, all students must take the Keystone Exams (Algebra I, Biology, and Literature) at least one time by the end of 11th grade for purposes of federal accountability.
    • What if I am proficient in the Literature Keystone Exam and below basic in the Algebra 1 and Biology Keystone Exams?
      • In addition to meeting local grade-based requirements for each Keystone content in which a student achieves less than proficiency.  The student must meet one of the following CTE Concentrator, Alternative Assessment, or Evidence-Based Pathways.
      • This is one example; a student who only demonstrated proficiency or better in the Keystone Literature Exam would need to satisfy the following under this criterion:
        • Achieve local grade-based requirements in both the Algebra 1 and the Biology courses, and
        • Score a 3 or better on approved AP Exams for Algebra I and Biology aligned courses
    • How do I earn exemptions for mid-term/final exams in my senior year?
      • Senior exemptions are earned by scoring a numeric Proficient or Advanced on any Keystone Exam by the end of 11th grade.
      • You will earn one exemption for one Proficient or Advanced; three exemptions for two Proficient or Advanced; and five exemptions for three Proficient or Advanced.
      • Keystone non-numeric PROFICIENT from 2019-2020 "trigger" courses are not able to be earned for senior exemptions.