Keystone Exams

The Keystone Examsare end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in various subjects. During the 2012-2013 school year the following Keystone Exams will be available: Algebra I, Literature and Biology. In future years, pending funding, additional Keystone Exams will be administered.

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

DOK: Depth of Knowledge

Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) is a shift that PDE is using to create questions on the Keystone exams. The DOK also related heavily to the PA Common Core standards:

DOK Chart

DOK and Blooms Comparison chart

General Information

Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs)

Item and Scoring Samplers


Literature and Composition


Social Studies