COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 36

March 15, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

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, 2002, and who transfer into Virginia public schools after the spring 2002 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 provided in Attachment A to this memo.

 

According to Informational Superintendent's Memo 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, from private schools, or from home instruction, who are expected to have the required credits to graduate by August 31, 2002, and have not taken the LPT.

 

Students will be eligible to take only those tests that they did not attempt during the spring 2002 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 2001-2002 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 directly to each division director of testing.

 

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.

 

 

JLD/aw

 

Attachment

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2002/inf036a.pdf