In order to qualify for graduation from EACS, students must successfully:
Proficiency on Standardized Assessment
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class of 2019, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the Keystones throughout their high school careers after various interventions. Based upon Chapter 4 regulations, each Keystone Exam is designed in modules that reflect distinct, related academic content common to the traditional progression of coursework. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has developed a project based assessment system (PBA) that is aligned with the modules for each Algebra I, Biology, and Literature Keystone Exam for students who are unable to demonstrate proficiency on a Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam module. Successful completion of a project based assessment (PBA) aligned to the Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam module on which a student did not demonstrate proficiency shall satisfy the Chapter 4 Keystone Exam graduation requirements.
A student who did not score proficient on a Keystone Exam or Keystone Exam module shall be provided supplemental instruction, until the student can demonstrate proficiency in the subject area via the Keystone Exam. Beginning with the Class of 2019, student begins a project-based assessment at the beginning of their senior year. The Project Based Assessment system shall be administered by schools and scored by statewide review panels composed of evaluators: teachers, principals, and curriculum specialists assembled by PDE. The review panels shall score student projects according to scoring protocols and rubrics developed by PDE.