SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 108
June 7, 1996
|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 This policy superseded policy adopted by the Board in June, 1992 and communicated to you via Informational Superintendent's Memorandum No. 154 (July 10, 1992) that seniors who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. WCBJr/aw