Literature Keystone Seminar

Renaissance Academy offers Literature Keystone Seminar during Flex time to help support students who need to pass the Pennsylvania Keystone Exam.

What is the Keystone exam?

Keystone exams replaced the PSSA in high school. There is currently an “end-of-subject” test for Literature, Algebra I, and Biology. These tests are designed to assess a student’s level of understanding at the completion of each respective course.

Literature Test Breakdown:
  • Module 1 - Fiction
    • Anchor 1 - Reading Fiction for Meaning
    • Anchor 2 - Analyzing and Interpreting Fiction Literature
  • Module 2 - Nonfiction
    • Anchor 1 - Reading Nonfiction for Meaning
    • Anchor 2 - Analyzing and Interpreting Nonfiction Literature

Please download the Anchor Outline with Eligible Content for more details about the content on this high-stakes exam.

Why is my student in Seminar?

Every student is required to achieve a superscore of at least 1500 to pass the exams. The superscore averages their highest scores in each test module across all the test attempts (see reverse side for more information about their specific test). Students in Literature Keystone Seminar have not yet surpassed that passing requirement, although they may be very close to doing so. They should have received their scores for each test by this time.

What happens now?

There are two retake opportunities this year: one in December and one in May. Students will work during Flex time to improve weak skills and seek help where needed. Renaissance Academy has a very high success rate for retake exams in comparison to the state average. This process works for students who apply themselves and stay motivated! Students who pass any of the exams in December will be moved out of the seminar course once the school receives their scores.

We ask the students' family's help, as people who care about the students, to encourage them and help us keep them motivated. Negativity cannot be present during this valuable preparation time. Please know that I will be in frequent communication throughout the year to both celebrate the students and to share any concerns regarding their progress or attitude.

Prepare at home with Study Island!

Our school provides every student K-12 with an account on Study Island. Study Island, or "The Island" in high school, allows students to practice weak skills and reinforce strengths with content that is aligned to their grade and assessments. Any student taking the Biology, Algebra I, or Literature Keystones can choose specially designed Keystone material in Study Island and practice anywhere there is an internet connection. Please have your student ask their teacher for their login information.