In 2018, Act 158 was signed into law outlining state graduation requirements and the ways in
which Keystone Exams factor into these requirements. State graduation requirements are
effective for students in the Classes of 2023 and beyond. In order to graduate from high school,
students must meet all local graduation requirements related to credits and coursework along
with the state requirements outlined in Act 158.
ACT 158 – State Graduation Pathways:
For students graduating in 2023 and beyond, the following 5 pathway options exist to meet state
Exams (Algebra I, Literature, and Biology)
Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams (while achieving at least one
proficient/advanced score and no score of below basic on the remaining two)
Concentrators (Greene County CTC Students): Successful completion of locally established, grade-based requirements for academic content areas associated with each Keystone Exam
(i.e., Passing final course grades in Algebra I, Biology, and English 2) and ONE of the following:
*Attainment of an industry-based competency certification
*Demonstration of the high likelihood of success on an industry-based
*Readiness for continued engagement in the CTE Concentrator’s program of
*Attainment of an established score on an approved alternate assessment:
SAT (1010), PSAT (970), ACT (21), ASVAB (31)
*Gold Level on the ACT WorkKeys Assessment.
*Attainment of 3 or better on an Advanced Placement Program exam in an
academic content area associated with each Keystone Exam on which the
student did not achieve at least a proficient score.
*Successful completion of a concurrent enrollment course (college dual
enrollment class) in an academic content area associated with each Keystone
Exam in which the student did not achieve at least a proficient score.
*Successful completion of a pre-apprenticeship program.
*Acceptance in an accredited 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education and
evidence of the ability to enroll in college-level coursework.
requirements for academic content areas associated with each Keystone Exam (i.e.,
Passing final course grades in Algebra I, Biology, and English 2) and demonstration of three pieces of evidence consistent with the student’s goals and career plans, including:
ONE or more of the following:
▪ Attainment of 630 or better on any SAT Subject Area Test.
▪ Attainment of Silver Level on the ACT WorkKeys assessment.
▪ Attainment of 3 or better on any Advanced Placement Program Exam.
▪ Acceptance to an other-than-4-year Institution of Higher Education (IHE)
for college-level coursework.
▪ Attainment of an industry-recognized credential.
▪ Successful completion of any concurrent enrollment or postsecondary
And no more than TWO additional pieces of evidence from the following:
▪ Satisfactory completion of a service-learning project.
▪ Attainment of a score of proficient or advanced on any Keystone Exam.
▪ Letter guaranteeing full-time employment or military enlistment.
▪ Successful completion of an internship or cooperative education
▪ Satisfactory compliance with the NCAA’s Division II academic