COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 46
March 20, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: James E. Laws, Jr., Executive to the State Board of Education
SUBJECT: The PSAT/NMSQT Summary of Answers

 
     Superintendents Memoranda No. 62 and No. 187 reference
  the Department of Education's interest in increasing students'
  participation in the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude
  Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). 
  The Department decided to support this initiative by
  purchasing the Summary of Answers, a detailed analysis of
  students' performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.  Attached is the
  Summary of Answers for each school division testing twenty-
  five or more students.  The contents include an analysis for
  the school division and for each individual school.

     Two training workshops have been planned for school
  divisions that are unfamiliar with the use of the Summary of
  Answers.  On April 14, a workshop will be held at the James
  Monroe State Office Building, Conference Room E, 101 North
  14th Street, Richmond.  On April 29, a workshop will be held
  at James Madison University, Taylor Hall, Room 306.  Each
  training session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be conducted
  by staff members of The College Board.  Additional
  registration information will be sent to each school division
  about the workshops.  Should you have any questions about the
  Summary of Answers or the upcoming workshops, you may contact
  me at (804) 225-2540.

  JELjr/mfm

  Enclosure:   A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.