COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 108
June 7, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Literacy Passport Test (LPT) and Senior Transfer Students

 
Literacy Passport Test (LPT) Requirement and Senior Transfer
Students

As communicated to you in Informational Superintendent's
Memorandum No. 40 (March 10, 1995), the Board of Education at its
February 23, 1995, meeting adopted the policy that, beginning in
1996, there are no exceptions to the requirement that students
pass all portions of the LPT to be eligible for a standard or
advanced studies diploma.  This includes transfer students,
students who are limited English proficient, and special
education students who are pursuing a standard or advanced
studies diploma.  This policy superseded policy adopted by the
Board in June, 1992 and communicated to you via Informational
Superintendent's Memorandum No. 154 (July 10, 1992) that seniors
who transfer into Virginia's public schools in the twelfth grade
after testing has occurred are exempt from the LPT requirement. 

Additional Testing Opportunities for Senior Transfers

Also at its February 23,1995, meeting the Board affirmed its
policy that an additional opportunity to take the test should be
provided to students who, except for passing the Literacy
Passport Test, are slated for graduation with a standard or
advanced studies diploma.  The Board directed the Department to
accommodate this additional opportunity by adding a summer
administration of the LPT.  However, the Board made no provision
for additional testing opportunities for graduating students
prior to a June graduation.  The Department of Education will
arrange to expedite the return of scores from the summer
administration for students who expect to graduate by August
31,1996.

Questions about the information contained in this memorandum
should be addressed to Shelley Loving-Ryder, Cam Harris, or Doris
Redfield at (804) 225-2102.


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