COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 132
July 19, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Literacy Passport Test Video Tape

 
  The Department's Divisions of Assessment & Reporting and
  Elementary & Middle School Education have worked together to
  develop a video tape on the Literacy Passport Test (LPT). 
  Its purpose is to provide school administrators, teachers
  and parents with information on what is tested by the LPT,
  the interpretation of test scores and reports, and LPT
  regulations and policies.  A copy of the tape is being sent
  to you under separate cover.
  
  The tape, about an hour in length, consists of four parts: 
  
  1.   An overview of the video tape content and a description
       of assessments presently required by Virginia education
       law (presented by Dr. Doris Redfield, Chief, Division
       of Assessment & Reporting)
  
  2.   An overview of the three LPT components (Mathematics,
       Reading Comprehension, Writing)
  
          A summary of the content and skills measured by
          the Mathematics LPT and examples of related
          classroom instructional strategies (presented by
          Dr. Carol Rezba, Mathematics Specialist)
  
          The objectives and format of the Reading LPT and
          examples of related classroom instructional
          strategies (presented by Dr. Katherine Rodgers,
          Language Arts)
   
  
  
  
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          A summary of the content and skills measured by
          the Writing LPT and examples of related classroom
          instructional strategies (presented by Dr.
          Rodgers)
  
  3. An overview of the student score reports and a
     discussion of the meaning and appropriate/inappropriate
     uses of the information contained in these reports
     (presented by Dr. Marcia Perry, Assessment Specialist)
  
  4. Information on the Literacy Development Plan (LDP;
     presented by Dr. Rodgers)
  
  I hope that you find the LPT video presentation useful and
  that you will share it freely with your constituents.  If
  you have questions, please refer them to Doris Redfield or
  Marcia Perry at 804/225-2102.
  
  
  RTL/mp
  
  cc:     Curriculum Supervisors
          Testing Directors