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PATHWAYS TO GRADUATION


Guide to Meeting Statewide Requirements for High School Graduation

Act 158 of 2018 and Act 6 of 2017, provide students graduating from Pennsylvania Public High Schools in 2023 or later with the flexibility to meet statewide high school graduation requirements through one of five pathways that detail college, career, and community readiness .

Each pathway has specific requirements for graduation including proficiency on Keystone exams in Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology. Additionally, approved evidence-based assessments and projects allow students to demonstrate proficiency and college/ career readiness toward post-secondary success . Examples include success in dual enrollment courses, SAT/PSAT/ACT test scores, letters verifying full-time employment after graduation, and service-learning projects . Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) have access to all available options and can graduate based on Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals .

Service Learning Project

Service Learning helps students build character by allowing them to foster and develop personal values, beliefs, awareness, selfesteem, confidence, empathy and social responsibility. Beginning with the graduating class of 2023, students have options to demonstrate postsecondary preparedness through one of four additional pathways that illustrate college, career, and community readiness. Included in those pathways is a Service-Learning Project designed to address an identified community need and meet specified project learning goals.

A written project proposal must be submitted to school officials for pre-approval. Proposals must include a project description, learning goal(s), timelines, the number of service hours, the project’s contribution to the community, and the sponsoring organization. The project must be supervised and assessed by an adult school official who will verify, in writing, successful completion of required components. A final presentation and a minimum of 10 service hours are required for all approved Service-Learning Projects

Reasons Service-Learning Projects Foster Graduation Success

1 . Strengthen the connections between academic learning and community service opportunities for students to be challenged with learning new skills and critical thinking.

2. Allows students to prepare to learn new skills and learn how to reflect on their learning.

3 . Has a positive effect on interpersonal skills development.

4 . Promotes collaboration, communication, and interaction with the community.

5 . Promotes a positive effect on reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural and racial understanding.

6 . Promotes social responsibility and citizenship.

7. Contributes to career development and can influence career selection.

8 . Contributes to stronger student/faculty relationships through mentorship.

9 . Builds community.

  • Industry-based competency certification.
  • Likelihood of industry-based competency assessment success.
  • Readiness for continued engagement in Career and Technical Education (CTE).
  • Concentrator program of study.
  • Attainment of one alternative assessment score or better: ACT (21), ASVAB AFQT (31), PSAT/NMSQT (970), or SAT (1010).
  • Attainment of Gold Level or better on ACT Work Keys.
  • Attainment of 3 or better on AP Exam(s) related to each Keystone content area in which less than Proficient.
  • Attainment of 4 or better on IB Exam(s) related to each Keystone content area in which less than Proficient.
  • Successful completion of concurrent course(s) related to each Keystone content area in which less than Proficient.
  • Successful completion of a pre-apprenticeship program.
  • Acceptance into 4yr Institution of Higher Education (IHE) for college level coursework. 
  • Attainment of 630 or better on any SAT Subject Test.
  • Attainment of Silver Level or better on ACT Work Keys.
  • Attainment of 3 or better on any AP Exam.
  • Attainment of 3 or better on any 1B Exam.
  • Successful completion of any concurrent or post secondary course.
  • Industry-recognized credentialization
  • Acceptance into an other-than-4yr Institution of Higher Education (IHE) for college-level coursework.
  • Attainment of Proficient or Advanced on any Keystone Exam.
  • Successful completion of a service learning project.
  • Letter guaranteeing full-time employment or military enlistment.
  • Completion of an internship, externship, or cooperative education program. Compliance with NCAA