SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 75
May 2, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||State Testing Program Schedule for 1997-98|
Attached to this memo is the schedule for the State Testing Program for the 1997-98 school year. Please inform all personnel of these testing dates so that other activities can be scheduled without conflicts. Virginia State Assessment Program (VSAP) Information The Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition, Form TA, Abbreviated (Stanford 9, TA), administered to students in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11 will be administered to students during the period April 1 through April 30, 1998. For home-instructed students in grades K through 11, the appropriate level of the Stanford 9 SA may be administered during the period indicated above. Literacy Testing Program Information Summer 1997 Literacy Passport Test Administration Information about the Summer 1997 administration was conveyed in Superintendent's Memo #7 and Testing Memo #208, dated January 24, 1997. Supts. Memo. No. 75 Page 2 May 2, 1997 Fall 1997 Literacy Passport Test Administration The reading and mathematics tests for the LPT must be administered during the period October 1 through October 8, 1997, to 1) seventh grade, eighth grade, and unclassified students who have not passed one or more tests during the previous test opportunities, 2) students in the seventh through twelfth grades who transferred into Virginia public schools after the February 1997 administration and 3) adult education students who are pursuing standard or advanced studies diplomas. Local divisions may establish reading, mathematics, and makeup dates to meet their local needs within the stated "window." However, the writing test must be initially administered one day statewide, October 9, 1997. Divisions are expected to schedule a full day of school on October 9, 1997, to accommodate this testing. All students will respond to only one writing prompt on the Fall 1997 LPT. This prompt will be the same statewide. Students who are absent on the day of the statewide writing test will take a different prompt as a make-up. Adult education programs wishing to schedule their LPT administration on a single Saturday should plan for that to be Saturday, October 11, 1997. As in previous administrations involving adult students, there will be a fee associated with their testing. Spring 1998 Literacy Passport Test Administration The reading and mathematics tests for the LPT must be administered during the period February 2 through February 10, 1998 to 1) all sixth grade students 2) seventh grade, eighth grade, and unclassified students who have not passed one or more tests during the previous test opportunities, 3) students in the seventh through twelfth grades who transferred into Virginia public schools after the Fall 1997 administration and 4) adult education students pursuing a standard or advanced studies diploma. Local divisions may establish reading, mathematics, and makeup dates to meet their local needs within the stated "window." However, the writing test must be initially administered one day statewide, February 11, 1998. Divisions are expected to schedule a full day of school on Supts. Memo. No. 75 Page 3 May 2, 1997 February 11, 1998, to accommodate this testing. All students enrolled in Virginia public schools who anticipate having sufficient credits to graduate by August 31, 1998, who are required to pass the LPT and have not yet passed the writing test, will respond to both the regular and the make-up prompt. All adult education students, regardless of whether they are slated to graduate in the Class of 1998, will also respond to both prompts in the Spring 1998 administration. All other students will respond to only one writing prompt. Adult education programs wishing to schedule their LPT administration on a single Saturday should plan for that to be Saturday, February 14, 1998. As in previous administrations involving adult students, there will be a fee associated with their testing. Spring 1998 Graduating Senior Administration The Department will follow the same procedure as used in Spring 1997 to accommodate students entering Virginia public schools as seniors after the Spring 1998 administration. The Department will supply divisions with sufficient materials to test these students on an as-needed basis. Request forms for these materials will be sent to school divisions in the Spring of 1998 after the Spring LPT administration has been completed. Summer 1998 Literacy Passport Test Administration Specific dates and details have not been worked out for this administration as of this date. A schedule will be sent to you under separate cover once such decisions have been made. Preliminary LPT Testing--Writing and Reading The scoring of the fourth-grade writing assessment can be performed by locally trained teachers or may be contracted at local expense. Divisions planning to score locally may schedule the writing assessment at their convenience. Divisions contracting for scoring must follow the schedule set by the contractor. School divisions wishing to utilize the fourth-grade Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) as a preliminary literacy test in reading at grade 4 Supts. Memo. No. 75 Page 4 May 2, 1997 must arrange for scoring and be prepared to pay for the scoring from local funds. The Department will continue to supply divisions with the fourth-grade DRP booklets. Class of 1996 Students and the LPT Students in the Classes of 1996 and 1997 who have completed all requirements for a high school diploma except for passing the LPT may attempt the test(s) they have not passed in the Summer 1997, Fall 1997, Spring 1998, or Summer 1998 LPT administrations. Standards of Learning Assessments The schedule for the Standards of Learning Assessments has not been established. Once established it will be sent via Superintendent's Memo to each school division. Minimum Competency Test Information After 1997-98, the Department of Education will no long offer the opportunity to take the Minimum Competency Tests to members of the classes of 1981 through 1988 who completed all requirements for a high school diploma except for passing these tests. According to Regulatory Superintendent's Memo No. 20, July 28, 1982, "School leavers may take the current tests only as long as the present program is in effect and the tests are being administered to regularly enrolled students. If or when the competency program is modified, school leavers will be expected to meet the standards of the new program." This would mean that students in the classes of 1981-88 who left school without receiving a high school diploma would need to pass the Literacy Passport Tests, beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Questions Questions concerning these testing programs should be addressed to Cameron Harris, Shelley Loving-Ryder, Kevin Hughes, Dan Keeling, or Judy Singh at 804/225-2102. RTL/mwc Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.