SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 145
August 23, 1996
||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||Participation in Pilot Testing of Writing Prompts
for the Literacy Passport Test
As part of the continuing development of the Literacy Passport Test (LPT), the Department will be conducting a pilot test of writing prompts during the period November 11-15, 1996. This pilot testing is necessary to ensure the technical quality of the writing prompts used in future administrations of the LPT. A sample of approximately 6,000 sixth-grade students from across Virginia is needed to participate in the pilot testing. Each student will be asked to write a paper which may involve writing a fictional or nonfictional narrative, directions, explanations, a discussion of ideas, etc. The administration of the writing prompt typically requires one class period (45-60 minutes). Participating divisions and schools will receive information describing students' performance for the division and participating schools as a whole. This information will not be available until late spring 1997. The Department is seeking classrooms in your division to participate in the pilot testing. From the pool of volunteers, the Department will select a sample to be representative of the state in terms of demographic factors such as geography, race/ethnicity, and school and division sizes. Please indicate on the enclosed form your willingness for some classrooms or schools in your division to volunteer to participate in this pilot testing. If you choose to participate, please also indicate the person to be contacted regarding this pilot testing, the school(s) willing to participate, and the number of classrooms willing to participate. Forms must be returned to the Division of Assessment and Reporting by September 16, 1996. Again, this pilot testing is for the Literacy Passport Testing program, not the new assessment program associated with the revised Standards of Learning. For additional information, please call either Shelley Loving-Ryder or Cameron Harris at 804/225-2107. RTL\mwc Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.