Armstrong School District to give Keystone Exams in December, May
Armstrong School District will conduct Keystone exams in English literature, algebra and biology in December and May.
Lynne Snyder, supervisor of curriculum and instruction for the Armstrong Intermediate Unit said the implementation of the test and its controversies are complicated.
“One advantage of the Keystone exams is that, because they are focused on the standards in a specific course and intended to be administered at the end of the course, students may perform at a higher level,” said Snyder.
“And most people would agree that's a plus.”
However, Snyder said it's the transition from the PSSA to the new format that could be problematic.
“Every 11th grader—with the exception of those who were tested during an initial round of Keystone exam testing in 2011—must take all three Keystone exams this year no matter how long ago they took the actual course involved or even whether or not they have ever taken the course,” she said.
“And most people would probably agree that's not a plus.”
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.