P. O. BOX 2120

February 12, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Dates for Summer 1999 Literacy Passport Test (LPT) Administration

Dates for the summer LPT administration are July 19-23, 
1999.  The writing test is to be administered one day 
statewide, July 21, 1999.  Divisions may administer the 
reading and/or the mathematics tests before or after the 
writing test. Students who will be classified as ninth 
graders or above at the beginning of the 1999-2000 school 
year are eligible to participate in the summer 1999 
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 personnel who wish to schedule the LPT 
administration on a Saturday should plan for that to be 
done on Saturday, July 24, 1999.

Students in grades 9-11 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, 1999, (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 scheduled to graduate in the class of 1999, also will 
respond to both prompts in the summer 1999 administration.

More specific information regarding ordering and shipping 
of materials will be sent later.  If you have questions 
regarding the summer administration, please call the 
Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102.