P.O. BOX 2120
March 9, 2001
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, 2001, and who transfer into Virginia public schools after the spring 2001 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 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, or private schools, or home instruction, who are expected to have the required credits to graduate by August 31, 2001, and who will not have been tested on the LPT.

Students will be eligible to take only those tests that they did not attempt during the spring 2001 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 2000-2001 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.