P. O. BOX 2120
January 24, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Dates for Summer 1997 Literacy Passport Test (LPT) Administration

  Dates for the summer LPT administration are July 21-26,
  1997.  The writing test is to be administered one day
  statewide, July 23, 1997.  Divisions may administer the
  reading and/or the mathematics tests before or after the
  writing test.  Students who will be  classified as grade 7
  or above at the beginning of the 1997-98 school year, as
  well as students retained in grade 6 for the 1997-98 school
  year, are eligible to participate in the summer 1997
  administration.  There is no state requirement that these
  students participate in the summer administration; rather,
  the summer administration is intended to provide an
  additional opportunity to take the LPT for those students
  who choose to participate.  With the exception of adult
  education students, there will be no charge to students
  choosing to take the LPT during the summer administration. 
  Adult education programs wishing to schedule this LPT
  administration on a Saturday should plan for that to be
  Saturday, July 26, 1997.

  Students in grades 6-11 will respond to one writing prompt. 
  These students will respond to a different prompt as a 
  make-up if they are absent on the statewide writing day.  All
  students who (1) have, or anticipate having, sufficient
  credits to graduate by August 31, 1997, and (2) are required
  to pass the LPT, and (3) have not yet passed the writing
  test, will respond to both the regular and the make-up
  prompt.  All adult education students, regardless of whether
  they are slated to graduate in the class of 1997, will also
  respond to both prompts in the summer 1997 administration.

  More specific information regarding ordering and shipping of
  materials will be sent at a later time.  If you have
  questions regarding the summer administration, please call
  Shelley Loving-Ryder or Cam Harris at (804) 225-2102.