What are the Keystone Exams?
"The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in [subject areas]. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Keystone Exams in the following subjects were developed by the Department and made available for use by school districts, AVTSs and charter schools, including cyber charter schools: Algebra I, Literature, Biology. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's statewide high school graduation requirements."
What will the Keystone Exam in Biology look like at Morrisville?
All students enrolled in any Biology course will take the Keystone Exam in Biology in May. The Keystone Exam is administered in two parts at Morrisville High School - Module 1 on the first day of testing and Module 2 on the second day of testing. Module 1 will cover the first half of the year (Life, Cells, Macromolecules, Biochemistry), and Module 2 will cover the second half of the year (Cell Division, Genetics, DNA & Protein Synthesis, Evolution, Ecosystem). Each module consists of multiple choice questions and constructed response questions.
How will we prepare for the Keystone Exam?
The Keystone Exam is cumulative, so it will cover material from the entire year. Paying attention during class and completing homework assignments are all excellent tips for success in both the classroom and the Keystone Exam. Additionally we will review the year's material before the Keystone Exam in May. If at any point during the year you are struggling with a topic/chapter, please check out some of the review videos on this webpage and/or ask me for assistance.