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SPP, Keystone Exams, AP Exams

What is the School Performance Profile (SPP)?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has published School Performance Profiles for the 2016-2017 school year. The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts’ Building Level Academic Score is 89.2! This score places Charter Arts as one of the top-scoring charter schools in the commonwealth and ranks the school higher than many area public high schools.

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile (SPP).  This public site ( provides an academic performance score for public schools in the state.  Read More about SPP!

What are Keystone Exams?

Charter Arts Keystone Exam results are impressive!!

Read the Morning Call’s Scorecard listing of public and charter school results (published September 28, 2017)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education defines the Keystone Exams as:  End-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in various subjects.  Keystone exams are administered in Algebra 1, Literature and Biology.  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.    Read the Charter Arts Keystone Exam Policy

What do Keystone scores mean?

All Pennsylvania students who take the Keystone Exams will earn one of the following score assessments:  Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic.

Overall student scores are reflected in the  School Performance Profile (SPP) posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

Once a student passes an exam (must reach Proficient), they do not have to retake the exam.  If a student scores Basic or Below Basic, the school is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide remediation to that student prior to having the student retake the failed exam (s).

For students in the Class of 2017, and all classes after 2017, they are required by The Pennsylvania Department of Education to score Proficient or Advanced in Biology, Literature and Algebra 1 in order to graduate.

What are Advanced Placement (AP) Exams?  

Each student enrolled in an AP course, is required to take an AP exam at the completion of the course, to possibly qualify for college credit in that particular subject.  Charter Arts students take AP exams in the following subjects:   US History, Studio Art-2-D Design Portfolio, Spanish Language and Culture, Music Non-Aural Subscore, Music Aural Subscore, Music Theory, English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Calculus BC, Calculus AB and Art History.

What do Advanced Placement Scores Mean?

Students who take an AP exam will earn a score ranging from 1 to 5.

The College Board requires that a student score a 3 or higher to receive college credit for that subject.

The scale is defined as:

5-     Extremely well qualified to receive college credit.

4-      Well qualified to receive college credit

3-      Qualified to receive college credit

2-      Possibly qualified to receive college credit

1-      No recommendation to receive college credit.

Each college and university has individual requirements for AP college credit.  For instance, College A may require a 3 in order to receive college credit in English Literature and Composition, but they may require a 4 to receive college credit in Calculus.  College B may require a 4 to receive college credit in English Literature and Composition and a 5 to receive college credit in Calculus.