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Future Ready, Keystones & AP

 What is the Future Ready PA Index?

The Pennsylvania Department of Education published School Performance Profiles up until 2018 when it switched to Future Ready PA Index profiles.   While the SPP profile provided an overall building academic score, the Future Ready Index does not use an overall scoring system but instead provides information on various school performance measures.  

ABOUT ESSA and FUTURE READY PA INDEX:  The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) issued regular updates on details of Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan and the implementation of the Future Ready PA Index, a comprehensive progress report that provides parents, educators, and community members with easy-to-
understand information about Pennsylvania schools and student progress.

Link to Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts’ Future Ready PA Index page


What are Keystone Exams?

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

Read about Charter Arts’ performance on 2017 Keystone Exams.

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 Future PA Ready Index 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.