COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 21
April 19, 1996

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Clarification on LPT Summer Testing

 
  A number of school divisions have asked whether they must
  offer students the opportunity to participate, on a
  voluntary basis, in the Summer 1996 administration of the
  Literacy Passport Test (LPT).  While students' and parents'
  decisions to participate are on a voluntary basis, the
  requirement to offer the opportunity for students to take
  the test is not.  School divisions that feel they do not
  have the personnel or resources to independently offer the
  Summer LPT administration are encouraged to collaborate with
  neighboring divisions to make the offering on a regional
  basis.
  
  Some school divisions have also asked if they may charge a
  fee to cover the administrative costs that may be associated
  with the Summer LPT administration.  At this time, State
  Board regulations do not authorize localities to charge such
  a fee.
  
  If you have questions or we may be helpful to you in this
  matter, please contact Shelley Loving-Ryder, LPT
  Administrator (804-225-2936), Cam Harris, Program Director
  (804-225-2913), or Doris Redfield, Chief, Division of
  Assessment and Reporting (804-225-2102).
  
  
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