End-of-Course (EOCA), Midterm, and Keystone Assessments:
What You Need to Know
According to the Student Handbook for 2019 - 2020:
Midterms and EOCAs (final exams)
Midterms and EOCAs are administered as part of the BASD assessment plan to measure what we want students to know and be able to do at the middle and end of each course. Midterms will be administered in January near the semester break during their regularly scheduled classes. Midterms will count as 10% of the overall course grade with the exception of Algebra I, Biology and ELA 10. EOCAs will be administered in math, English, world language, social studies, and science during the last week of school following a specially designed schedule. EOCAs for the related studies will be administered during regular class periods. EOCAs will account for 10% of the overall course grade with the exception of Algebra I, Biology, and ELA 10 where the Keystone will count for 20% of the overall grade. Educational trips will NOT be approved during EOCAs.
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Biology, and Literature. The Keystone Exams are continually being evaluated and refined. The state assessments are conducted upon the completion of the aforementioned courses. Beginning with the Class of 2022, Proficiency on all Keystone Exams is one of the options to obtain a BASH diploma. Any student scoring Below Basic or Basic will be provided remediation support and will retake the exam at least once. Educational trips WILL NOT be approved during testing dates within the Keystone Exam testing window
The following link will take you to an annoucement summary sheet concerning the change in use of the Keystone Assessments.
The following link will allow you to access a sheet of frequently asked questions that may be considered while discussing the use of Keystone Assessments as the EOCA.