SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 55
March 12, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Literacy Passport Testing of Students Transferring into Grade 12 After the Spring LPT Administration|
Seniors who anticipate having the required credits to graduate by August 31, 1999, and who transfer from out of state, or private schools, or home instruction into Virginia public schools after the spring 1999 Literacy Passport Test (LPT) administration may not have had an opportunity to take the LPT. Yet, these students are held to the LPT requirement for receiving the standard or advanced studies diploma in Virginia. A reminder as to whom the LPT graduation requirement applies is in Attachment A to this memo. According to Informational Superintendent's Memorandum No. 153, November 17, 1995, these students should be afforded the opportunity to receive their diplomas from their sending schools. Should this not be possible, these students will be provided one opportunity to take the test prior to the close of the school year. This special testing will be only for those seniors entering Virginia public schools from out of state, or private schools, or home instruction, who are expected to have the required credits to graduate by August 31, 1999, and will not have been tested on the LPT. Students will be eligible to take only those tests that they did not attempt during the spring 1999 administration. For example, a senior who transfers into Virginia public schools in time to take the writing test in February but too late to take the reading and the mathematics tests would be eligible to take only the mathematics and the reading tests prior to the end of the 1998-99 school year. Division directors of testing will be responsible for contacting the Department of Education to arrange a testing opportunity for the students. Test opportunities for these students will be handled on a case-by-case basis. A materials request form and more detailed instructions for conducting this special testing will be sent to each division director of testing on March 12, 1999. Questions regarding these special testing arrangements or the LPT in general, may be directed to the staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102. PDS/aw Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office. Attachment A SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 55 March 12, 1999 A Reminder as to Whom the LPT Graduation Requirement Applies: In 1998 the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation phasing out the Literacy Passport Test (LPT). Students in the class of 2003 will be the last class required to pass the LPT to earn a standard or advanced studies diploma. This requirement to pass the LPT extends to all regular education, special education, and limited English proficient students graduating through the class of 2003. The LPT requirement currently extends to all adult education students. Any adult student receiving a standard or advanced studies diploma is required to meet the LPT requirement for the diploma. Adult students participating in an external diploma program are granted a standard diploma and thus are also required to meet the LPT requirement before the diploma can be awarded. Adult students, who are not enrolled in an adult education program, and are not eligible to be counted in the average daily membership (ADM) of a school division, must be treated as adult education students for the purposes of the LPT and must, therefore, pass the LPT to be eligible for a standard or advanced studies diploma. (Please see Informational Superintendent's Memorandum No. 109, June 7, 1996, for more information about which students may be counted in ADM).