P. O. BOX 2120
February 20, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Cameron M. Harris, Assistant Superintendent of Assessment and Reporting
SUBJECT: Dates for Summer 1998 Literacy Passport Test (LPT) Administration

          Dates for the summer LPT administration are July 20-24,
  1998.  The writing test is to be administered one day
  statewide, July 23, 1998.  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 1998-99 school year, as well as
  students retained in grade 6 for the 1998-99 school year, are
  eligible to participate in the summer 1998 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 25, 1998.

          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, 1998, (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 1998, will also respond to
  both prompts in the summer 1998 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.