SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 54
March 8, 1996
||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||Literacy Passport Testing of Students Transferring into
Grade 12 After the Spring LPT Administration
Seniors who anticipate having the required credits to graduate by August 31, 1996 and who transfer from out of state, private schools, or home instruction into Virginia public schools after the Spring 1996 Literacy Passport Test (LPT) administration will most likely not have had an opportunity to take the LPT. Yet, these students are held to the LPT requirement for receiving the standard or advanced studies diploma in Virginia. A reminder as to whom the LPT graduation requirement applies appears at the close of this memo. According to Informational Superintendent's Memorandum #153, November 17, 1995, these students should be afforded the opportunity to receive their diplomas from their sending schools. Should this not be possible, these students will be provided one opportunity to take the test prior to the close of the school year. This Special Graduating Senior Administration will be only for those seniors entering Virginia public schools from out of state, private schools, or home instruction, who are anticipated to have the required credits to graduate by August 31, 1996, and have not been tested on the LPT. Students will be eligible to take only those tests that they did not attempt during the Spring 1996 administration. For example, a senior who transfers into Virginia public schools in time to take the writing test in February but too late to take the reading and the mathematics tests would be eligible to take only the mathematics and the reading tests in the Special Graduating Senior Administration. Special Graduating Senior Administration The Special Graduating Senior Administration is scheduled as follows: Materials Requests Due to DOE April 12, 1996 Testing Period April 22-26, 1996 Materials Shipped to DRC by May 1, 1996 Results Returned to Divisions May 29, 1996 Division Directors of Testing will be responsible for notifying the Department of Education of the needed materials. The materials request form and more detailed instructions for conducting this administration will be sent to each Division Director of Testing from the Department of Education by March 15, 1996. Seniors Transferring into a Division After the Special Graduating Senior Administration It is likely there will be seniors transferring into school divisions even after the above Special Graduating Senior Administration. As previously mentioned, every attempt should be made to arrange for the sending school to grant the student a diploma. If this is not possible, Division Directors of Testing should contact the Department of Education to arrange a testing opportunity. The Department will handle the testing of these students on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions regarding these special testing arrangements or the LPT in general, please call Cam Harris or Shelley Loving-Ryder at 804/225-2107. WCBJr/mwc Attachment A Reminder as to Whom the LPT Graduation Requirement Applies: The Board of Education, at its February, 1995, meeting, reaffirmed that passing the LPT is required of all students who were sixth graders or lower in 1989-90 (regardless of whether they were enrolled in Virginia schools in 1989-90) and will graduate from high school in 1996. No standard or advanced studies diploma shall be granted to any student who was a sixth grader or lower in 1989-90 without having passed the LPT in addition to the prescribed credits. This requirement extends to all regular education, special education, and Limited English Proficient students without exception. The LPT requirement extends to adult education students. Any adult student receiving a standard or advanced studies diploma after the first semester of the 1995-96 school year is required to meet the LPT requirement for the diploma. Adult students participating in an external diploma program are granted a standard diploma and thus are also required to meet the LPT requirement before the diploma can be awarded. The "rule" that students in grade seven or higher in 1989-90 do not have to meet the LPT requirement to graduate does not apply to students in adult education programs. As stated above, any adult student receiving a standard or advanced studies diploma after the first semester of the 1995-96 school year is required to meet the LPT requirement for the diploma. Please remember that adult education students completing their course requirements during the first semester of 1995-96 but not actually receiving their diploma until June 1996 are not held to the LPT requirement for graduation. See Supts. Memo. #133, Informational, dated September 29, 1995, for specific information regarding this exception.