P. O. BOX 2120
September 27, 1996


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Identification of Division Directors of Testing

  Each year the Department of Education requests that Division
  Superintendents designate  Division Directors of Testing. 
  This memo conveys the request for the 1996-97 school year. 
  The Division Directors of Testing are the official contacts
  for all activities related to state assessment programs.  It
  is to these persons that all state assessment-related
  correspondence and questions are directed by the Department.
  As you are aware, the state testing program is moving into
  new areas during the 1996-97 school year.  A new norm-referenced
  test will be administered in the spring of 1997,
  and the new SOL assessments will be field tested in the
  spring of 1997.  In previous years, Division Superintendents
  have had the option of designating a Division Director of
  Testing for the Literacy Passport Test (LPT) and another for
  the norm-referenced testing program, referred to as the 
  Virginia State Assessment Program (VSAP).  In most school
  divisions, these have been the same person.  For 1996-97, we
  are asking that Division Superintendents designate (a) a
  Division Director of Testing for the LPT and (b) a Division
  Director of Testing for the new SOL and NRT programs.  These
  two designations may, as in the past, be the same person.
  Attached is a listing of the Division Directors of Testing
  designated by you for the previous (1995-96) school year. 
  Please use this form to update your designations of Division
  Directors of Testing for 1996-97, review and correct mailing
  addresses and phone/fax numbers.  These forms should be
  returned to the Division of Assessment and Reporting by
  October 11, 1996.  Questions should be directed to Cameron
  Harris at 804/225-2913.  Thank you for taking time to update
  this information.
  Attachment:  This memo and its attachment will be sent to
               the superintendent's office.