Keystone Biology Review

Mrs. Huff

Analyzing Your Score!

Essential Question(s):

  • How did I do on the Keystone Exams in Biology in May 2015?

  • (If you did not take the Keystone Exams in Biology in May 2015, or didn't take them at PALCS, your essential question is going to be...) How did PALCS students do on the Keystone Exams in Biology in May 2015?

  • What can I do to improve my score on the Keystone Exams in Biology when I take them in Spring 2016?

Directions:

  1. First, review the Essential Question above. These are what you should be able to answer and/or do by the end of the lesson.

  1. Scroll to the "Lesson Content" header below. Proceed through the lesson. In the lesson there is a video that will explain how to read the Student Report that you should be receiving in the next few weeks or you may have already received (if you took the Biology Keystone Exams in May).

  1. Scroll to the "Assessment" header below. This is where you will find the directions about what you need to do to earn credit for today's lesson. Make sure you carefully review the lesson content BEFORE you attempt the assessment!

Lesson Content:

You are all in High School now and one day you will most likely be living on your own, independent of any adults you currently rely on. It is time you took ownership for some of your actions, so let's start by analyzing your score and results on the Keystone Exams in Biology. Not only will this activity empower you to be able to understand what you did well and what you need to work on, but it will also allow you to take some control of your education.


This course is all about you. It is a complete review of the Biology Keystone Anchors and Eligible Content so YOU can score Proficient on the Keystone Exams in Biology in December. I expect you to actively participate in the lessons and ask questions or get help where you need it, so that you can score higher on the Keystone Exams and meet the graduation requirements in Biology.


So, even though you probably don't have the "Student Report" that the PDE sends out following the Exams in your hand yet, this lesson will explain how to read the paper when you do get it. Here at PALCS, we are getting your results from PDE in September and therefore will be sorting them and mailing them out to you in the next couple of weeks. When you get them, feel free to review this lesson again and/or share your results with me.


Before completing the assessment today, please watch this video on how to read the Keystone Student Report from PDE.
reading student report

Assignment:

Now that you have learned a little bit more about how the Keystone Exams in Biology are scored and the scores will be reported to you, your task today is to use your scores and the spreadsheet below to analyze how you did and begin drawing conclusions from them.


  • If you took the Keystone Exams in Biology at PALCS this past May (2015)...then you should have received your scores in the mail. Compare YOUR data to the data that is listed in the row highlighted in blue at the top of the spreadsheet. These are the scores that qualify for proficiency. Once you have reviewed your data, answer the questions below.


  • If you did NOT take the Keystone Exams in Biology at PALCS this past May (2015)...you are not off the hook. Your assignment today is to analyze the "District Averages" which are found in the second to last row of the spreadsheet below. Just like your classmates, you are going to compare this data to the data that is listed in the row highlighted in blue at the top of the spreadsheet. These are the scores that qualify for proficiency. Once you have reviewed the district average data, answer the questions below (just replace the word "your" with "PALCS's").