COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120


SUPTS. MEMO NO. 164
September 1, 2000

 

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: LPT Status and the New Standards of Accreditation

Standards of Quality, §22.1-253.13:3 of the Code of Virginia, require students to pass all parts of the Literacy Passport Test (LPT) to be classified as ninth graders or above. School division personnel have questioned the impact of this LPT requirement on the grade status of students as the LPT program is phased out and the Standards of Learning (SOL) testing program and new graduation requirements are phased in.

Students Under the SOL Graduation Requirement

Students who will be entering the ninth grade for the first time in the 2000-2001 school year, or later, fall under the SOL testing requirement for graduation rather than the LPT. Therefore, these students are NOT affected by the requirement that students pass all parts of the LPT in order to be classified as ninth graders or above.

Students Under the LPT Graduation Requirement

Students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in the 1999-2000 school year, or earlier, continue to be held to the LPT graduation requirement. These students include those who will be in the tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grades in the 2000-2001 school year as well as those students who entered the ninth grade in 1999-2000 or earlier and who have been retained in the ninth grade for the 2000-01 school year. These students must meet therequirement that students pass all parts of the LPT to be classified as ninth graders and/or retain their grade status. Students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in the 1999-2000 school year or earlier and who have not passed all parts of the LPT should be classified as ungraded students. According to the policy established by the Board of Education, students who have lost their grade status because they have not passed the LPT are not permitted to participate in Virginia High School League (VHSL) sponsored activities.

Exceptions to the LPT Grade Status Requirement

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Shelley Loving-Ryder (mailto:sryder@pen.k12.va.us) at(804) 225-2102.

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