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Keystone Exam & PBA Update


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This presentation file will help viewers gain and understanding of the transition to Keystone Exams, Project Based Assessments, and updated graduation requirements.

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Keystone Exam & PBA Update

  1. 1. Keystone Exams Implementation AYPProject Based Assessments > 1
  2. 2. Session Goals•Gain an understanding of transition to KeystoneExams•Gain an understanding of Project Based Assessments•Gain an understanding of graduation requirements > 2
  3. 3. Chapter 4 Graduation RequirementsFor the Class of 2017•Course completion and grades•Completion of secondary level coursework in English LanguageArts (Literature), Algebra ( and Biology in which a studentdemonstrates proficiency on the associated Keystone Exam.•Demonstration of proficiency as determined by the schooldistrict, AVTS or charter school, including a cyber charter school,in each of the State academic standards not assessed. > 3
  4. 4. Chapter 4 HighlightsCommon Core•Defines Pennsylvania Common Core Standards•Requires full implementation in ELA and Math by July 1, 2013•Addresses alignment of PSSAs to PA Common Core StandardsStrategic Planning•Removes state-prescribed strategic planning requirements > 4
  5. 5. H.S. Graduation Requirements• Eliminates culminating project requirement• Requires proficiency for graduation on Keystone Exam (or alternative): • Graduation class of 2016-17: Algebra I, Biology, Literature • Graduation class of 2018-19: Plus Composition (2015-16 first administration) • Graduation class of 2019-20: Plus Civics and Government (2016-17 first administration) > 5
  6. 6. A Chronological Perspective > 6
  7. 7. The Rest of the Story Visit SAS for more information • 2012 Assessment Transition • Assessment Transition FAQ > 7
  8. 8. Keystone Exams• Stand alone requirement for graduation• Supplementary instruction required for retaking Keystone/module • Supplementary instruction continues until student demonstrates proficiency or meets criteria for participating in Project Based Assessment (PBA) > 8
  9. 9. Project Based Assessment (PBA)To qualify for PBA as an underclass student:•Has not demonstrated proficiency on a Keystone Exam orKeystone Exam module after at least two attempts on theexam•Must have taken the course aligned to Eligible Content inthe designated exam•Met school’s attendance requirements•Participated in at least two years of supplementaryinstruction and made at least two attempts atdemonstrating proficiency on Keystone Exam > 9
  10. 10. Project Based Assessment (PBA)A student in grade 12 who has not demonstratedproficiency…may qualify:•Has taken the course.•Has met the attendance requirements.•Has participated in a satisfactory manner in supplementalinstructional services provided by the school district, AVTSor charter school, including a cyber charter school, asprovided under § 4.24(j) and subsection (e)(8) of thissection. > 10
  11. 11. Graduation WaiverThe Secretary may grant emergency waiver* on acase-by-case basis and must certify student:•Has met LEA’s local graduation requirement•Has not demonstrated proficiency on Keystone Exam•Has participated in a satisfactory manner in supplementalinstructional services provided by the LEA•Has not successfully completed a Project BasedAssessment * If a chief school administrator requests waivers for more than 10% of a graduating class, a plan of improvement must be submitted for approval. > 11
  12. 12. PBA Overview• Created by PA educators guided by curriculum experts• Scaffolded tasks building to the creation and submission of a Project Based Assessment• Approximate five to seven hour time frame for completion of assessment• Student completes the project work before, during, or after school in supervised environment• Logistics and locations for project completion determined by district• PSSA accommodations apply > 12
  13. 13. Roles in the PBA• Student• Tutor• School Site Administrator• District Level Administrator• Intermediate Unit• Regional Review Panel > 13
  14. 14. District AdministratorDistrict Administrator: The district point of contact forPBA administration • Communicates PBA concept to stakeholders • Oversees the implementation of the PBAs in district schools • Supports environment to ensure accuracy and security • Recommends educators to IU to serve on regional review panels > 14
  15. 15. Site AdministratorSite Administrator: Oversees the implementation of PBAsat the building level. • Ensures that students have participated in a satisfactory manner in supplemental instructional services prior to PBA • Supports environment to ensure accuracy and security • Meets with students who qualify for PBAs and determine whether retake of Keystone Exam or PBA • Schedules students for before, during, and after school in supervised sessions > 15
  16. 16. Project Based TutorPBA Tutor: Tutor will be checking for content and qualityof work as student is progressing towards completion. • Reviews project activities. • Supports environment to ensure accuracy and security. • Provides instruction/remediation on the Eligible Content based upon student need, not PBA activities. • Evaluates project based upon scoring guide; approves project for submission or provides remediation for project revisions. > 16
  17. 17. Student Responsibilities• Student: Work towards completion of PBA • Gains an understanding of PBA portal, project components, and expectations • Completes PBA activities and submits final project for submission, as appropriate • Requests help as needed • Communicates with monitor and tutor as necessary • Completes PBA within prescribed timeline > 17
  18. 18. Evaluation TeamEvaluation Team • Composed of teachers, principals and curriculum specialists assembled by PDE. • Evaluate PBAs for defined courses (subject certified educators) through an online portal. • Award satisfactory/unsatisfactory evaluation and provides annotation for unsatisfactory projects. > 18
  19. 19. PBA Site Introduction• Online Delivery• Secure Site• Accessible by Defined Roles• Variety of help tools > 19
  20. 20. Project Tour• Overview• Project Tasks/Activities• Study Resources• Scoring Guides > 20
  21. 21. Field Testing 2013Spring Field Testing of Project Based Assessments • Seeking student participation from across the state engaging a range of students • Opportunity for districts to preview PBA system and provide feedback for operational PBAs > 21